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About this collection

The purpose of the project is to build a digital repository of unique U.S. Civil War materials from East Central Indiana for teaching, learning, and research by elementary, high school, college/university students and faculty, and the public. Users will be able to remotely access, examine, and study letters, diaries, photographs, videotaped readings, and other Civil War documentation that have been previously available only onsite.


The Ball State University Libraries will act as the host institution and fiscal agent,providing access to partner institutions' collections through a single Web site using CONTENTdm, a digital content management system. The project allows for cooperation and collaboration between Ball State University Libraries, the United States Vice Presidential Museum at the Dan Quayle Center, the Henry County Historical Society, and the Muncie Public Library - Local History & Genealogy @ Carnegie Library.

U. S. Civil War Resources from the Ball State University Libraries


J.W. Brant Civil War Diary

Includes extractions from a diary written by J.W. Brant while serving in the Army from August 6, 1862 through November 30, 1863. It also includes records related to two wells from 1878 and a list of expenses possibly written by Flora Brant in January 1880.

SC.171 J.W. Brant Civil War Diary is held at Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.

Cassady-Nelson Family Papers

Includes correspondence of Derastus Nelson to his parents and sister, as well as his diaries for 1861-1862 and 1864, and a soldier's inspirational pamphlet entitled "A Rainy Day in Camp."

View the finding aid for MSS.023 Cassady and Nelson Families Papers and Photographs.

Delaware County Civil War Records

Includes records maintained by Delaware County from 1861 to 1890 related to the awarding of bounties to area solderies who enlisted in the Union army. Among the bounty records are applications, certificates, checks, transfers and confirmations. Also among the documents are mustering lists and other documents produced by the regiments.

View the finding aid for MSS 280 Civil War Records, Delaware County, 1861-1890.

G. W. H. Kemper Papers

Includes correspondence between G. William Harrison Kemper and his wife Hattie while he was serving as a surgeon in the Civil War. Kemper served in the 7th Indiana Volunteers and later as an assistant surgeon in the 17th Indiana Volunteers.

View the finding aid for MSS.020 G. W. H. Kemper Papers.

Philander Smith Papers

Includes government forms and personal correspondence to and from Philander Smith. Smith was born in 1835, married Sarah S. Allee, and lived in Greenfield, Indiana. He enlisted as a sergeant on 25 August 1861, in Co. B of the 8th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. After the Civil War, the family settled in Missouri.

View the finding aid for MSS.216 Philander Smith Papers.

Sarah E. McVicker Civil War Letters

Includes correspondence sent to Sarah E. McVicker (later Johnson) by soldiers from Delaware County, Indiana during and after the Civil War. The soldiers who corresponded with McVicker were members of the 130th and 84th Indiana Infantry units. The letters were donated to Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections by the Holdren family.

View the finding aid for MSS.276 Sarah E. McVicker Correspondence and Photographs.


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U. S. Civil War Resources from the United States Vice Presidential Museum at the Dan Quayle Center


Resources from the collections of Vice Presidents John Breckingbridge, Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson, and Shuyler Colfax, including materials from the following collections:

Andrew Johnson collection

Hannibal Hamlin collection

John Cabell Breckinridge Collection

Vice President Schuyler Colfax Collection



United States Vice Presidential Museum at the Dan Quayle Center



U. S. Civil War Resources from the Henry County Historical Society


Ammen Civil War Collection

Includes 8 letters (1835 - 1863) Brigadier General Jacob Ammen (1806 - 1894), graduate of the U. S. Military Academy and commander of the military districts of Illinois and Tennessee, among several other wartime assignments.

Ball Civil War Collection

Includes 9 envelopes and 7 letters (ca. 1862 - 1865). Most of the letters were received at family members' homes in the area of Lewisville in Franklin Township, Henry County, Indiana.

Civil War Letters, Miscellaneous

Civil War, Miscellaneous

Civil War, Realia

Cooper Civil War Collection

Includes 9 letters (1862 - 1887) and 1 calling card for Caleb H. Cooper (1839 - 1867), 1st Lieutenant, 9th Indiana Cavalry Regiment, Co. E.

Courthouse Books

Henry County Civil War Photographs

Rader Civil War Collection

Redding Civil War Collection

Sim Civil War Collection

Vanmatre Civil War Collection

Vaughn Civil War Collection

Includes letters (1864 - 1873) of Private Thomas R. Vaughn, Company G, 89th Ohio Volunteer Regiment, and special orders from Major General William T. Sherman and Major General Schofield.

Wickersham Civil War Collection

Safe conduct pass for Isaac and Ben Parker, and John Parker (?) to return to their homes in Indiana, authorized at Louisville by Kentucky Governor James F. Robinson (1800 - 1882) and Kentucky Secretary of State Daniel Carmichael Wickliffe (1810 - 1870). The reverse bears the name of Emma Wickersham of Rich Square, Franklin Township, Henry County.


Henry County Historical Society



U. S. Civil War Resources from the Muncie Public Library - Local History & Genealogy @ Carnegie Library


The U. S. Civil War Resources from the Muncie Public Library - Local History & Genealogy @ Carnegie Library digital collection includes an issue of the The Guardian of Liberty newspaper from July 16, 1868, a Grand Army of the Republic (G. A. R.) Time Capsule, 50 claims by families of volunteers ranging from 1861 to 1865, petitions of relief for volunteers from 1861 to 1865, affidavits of service from 1867 to 1872, a Grant Club Union Republication Party constitution created in 1868, and the pocket diary of George W. Gibson which included entries ranging from 1862 to 1863.


The historic artifacts digitally reproduced in this collection are solely owned and controlled by the Muncie Public Library, and not by Ball State University. Inquiries about usage, reprint permissions, etc. should be directed to the Muncie Public Library - Local History & Genealogy @ Carnegie Library (301 East Jackson Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305 - (765) 747-8208).




This project is part of the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.


Institute for Museum and Library ServicesIndiana Memory

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Institute of Museum and Library Sciences

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