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Phelix Adair papers

 Collection — Folder: S003
Identifier: S0003

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed copies of newspaper articles from Phelix Adair in Madison, Indiana ranging from 1883 to 1910 regarding the Madison band in the Battle of Shiloh, history of industries along the Crooked Creek Valley, and William H. Rahe's service, as a young boy, to Colonel August Willich's German regiment during the American Civil War.


  • 1883-1910, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Andrew Jackson Grayson, who wrote under the pseudonym Phelix Adair, was born in Decatur County, Indiana on December 26, 1838. The son of John Wren and Permelia (Cummins) Grayson; he was one of at least five children. Grayson began working for the Madison (Ind.) Courier at the age of twelve and eventually became a compositor and foreman. He enlisted as a sergeant in Company E, 6th Indiana Infantry Regiment on April 22, 1852 and was mustered out on August 2, 1861. He was commissioned as 1st lieutenant in Company D, 6th Indiana Infantry Regiment on September 20, 1861 and was mustered out on May 21, 1862. Grayson married Mathilda Laurence on Aug. 18, 1861 in Jefferson County, Indiana. They had four sons and two daughters: Laura, William, Frank, George. Lottie and Howard. Grayson died in Franklin, Indiana on July 22, 1913 and was buried in Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.

Sources: "Grayson, A. J.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/08/03.

"Grayson, A. J.". (1972) In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1917-1966. (p. 242). Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College. Print. ISLI 16.810 B291I SUPP. 1917-66 "Grayson, Andrew J.". U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Retrieved 2015/08/03. "Grayson, Lieut. Andrew Jackson "Phelix Adair." Find a Grave Index. Retrieved 2015/08/03.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Hill on 1954/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/03 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.