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Bailiff family papers

 Collection — Folder: S0051
Identifier: S0051

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a series of photocopied letters primarily between Daniel Bailiff and his wife, Harriet. The correspondence spans from 15 December 1861 to 10 August 1864. In addition, the collection has a copy of Bailiff’s discharge certificate from the Union Army, a brief history of Bailiff’s church, a money order from Bailiff to his brother, obituaries of Bailiff and his wife, and two newspaper articles about Bailiff’s son, Winthrop.


  • 1861-1935


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Daniel Bailiff was born circa 1826 in Ohio but relocated with his family to Indiana when he was twelve. In 1850 he married Harriet Young, who was born in Indiana in 1831. Bailiff served in the 27th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War, enlisting September 12, 1861 as a private in Jennings County. Bailiff’s regiment, and presumably Bailiff himself, was involved in several important battles of the Civil War including Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Bailiff was injured during the war and spent a good deal of time in the military hospital; he was discharged as a private in September of 1864 and honored with distinguished service. He lived out the remainder of his life as a farmer in Warren and Washington Townships in Marion County, Indiana. He died January 16, 1895 at the age of sixty-nine, and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Ancestry Library. 1880 United States Census, Indiana Marriages 1845-1920, American Civil War Soldiers. Retrieved 2005/09/12.


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 Caroline McCoy and Joseph Shaw.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2425: Civil War, 27th Infantry Regimental History

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Carolyn Haase and Frances B. McDonald during 1969. Collection processing and finding aid revised by Benjamin Clarke during September 2005. Finding aid revised by Edythe Huffman on 2015/11/09. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/02.
Bailiff family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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