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Barton W. Bearden papers

 Collection — Folder: S0087
Identifier: S0087

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two handwritten letters sent by Barton Bearden to his mother while serving with the 124th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. The first letter was sent shortly after the Battle of Resaca that took place in Georgia from May 13-15, 1864 and the second, dated October 27, 1864, was written from Cedar Bluff, Alabama. The collection also includes typewritten transcriptions of each letter, a calling card with Bearden's regiment and camp information on the front and a poem on the back, and the top heading of a sheet of paper from the U.S. Christian Commission, dated April 19, 1865 - possibly part of a letter written before Bearden boarded the Sultana.


  • 1864-1865


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

Barton Bearden was born around 1847 in Tennessee to Albert M. and Margaret Bearden. He joined the Indiana 124th Volunteer Regiment as a private on January 16, 1864 and served in both Company C and D. He was promoted to corporal and was a prisoner of war at Andersonville Prison. Bearden was freed shortly before being killed on the steamer, Sultana, when an explosion sank the ship in the Mississippi on April 27, 1865.

Sources: "Barton S. Bearden." U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865. Accessed September 2, 2016. "Barton S. Bearden." U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Accessed September 2, 2016. "Barton W.S. Bearden." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 2, 2016.

U.S. National Park Service. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database. Accessed September 2, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Azalea Crane Bennett on 1962/06/13.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/02 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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