William Harrison Carlisle

William Harrison Carlisle Collection

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, June 2013

Biographical Note:

Born in Morgan County, Indiana, William Harrison Carlisle joined Company C, 33rd Volunteer Regiment, on December 13, 1863. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corp on August 31, 1864, and was discharged on July 20, 1865. Before his military service, Carlisle was a blacksmith. 

Information Found within Collection

Scope and Content:

There are three photocopied items in this collection, two letters, and a discharge certificate. Both letters were written from Christiana, Tennessee, where the 33rd Indiana Regiment camped from November 5, 1863 until February 1864. On February 25, 1864, 450 veterans received furloughs, and, upon their return, the regiment joined General William T. Sherman’s army.

On January 27, 1864, Harrison wrote to his parents about Col. John Coburn’s “mighty good speech” about the war ending in six months and encouraging veteran volunteering. Harrison wrote there were 58 men, 50 of which went into the veteran corps. 

On February 22, 1864, Harrison wrote to his father “This regiment is going to get guns that shoot 17 times & only weigh 4 lbs when loaded. When we are discharged, they are our guns. We will draw them at Indianapolis. We have to pay for them ourselves. They cost 32 dollars. We have 3 pay days to pay for them. Then, if we lose them, we get paid for them.”

The third item in the collection is Harrison’s discharge certificate.       

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

Item Listing:
Jan. 27, 1864 Letter to Father & Mother from William Harrison Carlisle
Feb. 22, 1864 Letter to Father from William Harrison Carlisle
July 20, 1865 Discharge certificate for William H. Carlisle

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1864-1865
Provenance:   Esther Hansen
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
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Collection Notes: 

MA BA 7-11-2013