Flavius J. Bellam

Flavius Josephus Bellamy
5 folders
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Reprocessed by: Edythe Huffman, Apr. 2013


Biographical Note:

Flavius Josephus Bellamy was born Oct. 4, 1838 in Switzerland County, IN.  He attended Indiana Asbury (DePauw) University and graduated in 1860.  He served in the 45th Indiana Regiment (3rd Indiana Calvary (Volunteers)) from 1861 to1864 and was promoted to sergeant.  He was an attorney in Craig, IN. Following the war, he was elected a Republican member of the Indiana Senate, serving as a representative from Ohio and Switzerland Counties in1867, Ripley and Switzerland Counties in 1869.  He died Nov. 4, 1874.

Information Found within Collection
“Bellamy, Flavius Josephus”.  Indiana Biography Index Published Before 1990.
“Bellamy, Flavius Josephus”.  (1980).   In A biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly .   (v.1, p. 22).  Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society.   ISLI 920 B15G
“Bellamy, Flavius J.”.   1860 United States Federal Census.  Apr. 30, 2013.  http://ancestrylibrary.com
“Bellamy, Flavius J.”.   Indiana, Find a Grave Index, 1800-2012.  Apr. 30, 2013. http://ancestrylibrary.com

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, certificate, and discharge paper.

The diary in Folder 1 mentions battles at Gettysburg and Williamsport, with detailed listings of troop movements.

The letters in Folder 2 were sent to his parents and sisters Sarah and Eliza, among others.  These are very detailed, and usually mention the location from which he writes, and how close it is to another city.  It also contains a card with pictures of the Commanders of the Federal Army, with titles and relevant dates.

Many of the letters in Folder 3 were written from Camp Sprague. Washington City, D.C., Falmouth, Fredericksburg, and  Sharpsburg, .  The letter of 1-10-1862 contains a drawing of a Sharp Revolver, with intricate detail and  a written description of how it is operated.  There are several newspaper clippings, of various topics related to the war.  The letter of May 24, 1862 is written on the verso of a poem, “The Soldier’s Dream”, printed at Camp, Capitol Hill, May, 1862.

Folder 4 contains an account of company (listing of soldiers), letters, many of which were written from Stafford, VA., a General Order from the Army of the Potomac, commending the conduct of the “2nd Brigade”  and  “Martin’s” 6th Independent New York
Battery at Chancellorsville.  There are a number of newspaper clippings, of various topics related to the war. 

Folder 5 contains an account of company (listing of soldiers), letters (one of which is transcribed), a General Order from the Army of the Potomac, dealing with various aspects of moving materials and dealing with unauthorized civilians, and discharge paper signed by W. H. Mills [Miles].

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1.  Civil War Diary

6-6-1863 -7-1-1864 Handwritten diary with typed transcription

Folder 2.  1861

8-26-1861 – 12-27-1861 Letters from Flavius Josephus Bellamy to family members (few mentioned by name), ALS
n.d. Card with pictures of Commanders of the Federal Army, produced by Chas. Magnus, N.Y.
n.d. Newspaper clippings

Folder 3.  Civil War Letters, 1862

1-3-1862 – 12-30-1862 Letters from Flavius Josephus Bellamy to family members (few mentioned by name), ALS
n.d. Newspaper clippings
9-21-1862 Military appointment to sergeant, by Lt. J. W. Buchman

Folder 4.  1863-1864

1-6-1863 – 12-18-1863 Letters from Flavius Josephus Bellamy to family members (few mentioned by name), ALS
n.d. Account of company
5-10-1863 General Orders, # 27, 1863, signed by A. Pleasonton, Brigadier General

Folder 5.  Civil War Letters, 1864

1-7-1864 -  John Smith to wife Joan, ALS (or TLS, AL, TL, etc.)
n.d. Account of company
n.d. Newspaper clippings
4-7-1864 General Orders, #17, authorized by Maj. Gen. Meade
9-4-1864 Discharge paper

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 5 folders
Collection Dates: 1861-1864
Provenance:  Alice Bellamy Taylor (Mrs. E. F.), n.d.
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
Alternate Formats: 
Related Holdings: 
Collection Notes: Indiana Historical Society, Flavius Josephus Bellamy family photographs, 1860-1870, P0330

MA BA 6-11-2013