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Flavius Josephus Bellamy collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0100

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of diaries, letters, newspaper clippings, certificate, and discharge paper.

The diary in Folder 1 mentions battles at Gettysburg and Williamsport, with detailed listings of troop movements.

The letters in Folder 2 were sent to his parents and sisters Sarah and Eliza, among others. These are very detailed, and usually mention the location from which he writes, and how close it is to another city. It also contains a card with pictures of the Commanders of the Federal Army, with titles and relevant dates.

Many of the letters in Folder 3 were written from Camp Sprague. Washington City, D.C., Falmouth, Fredericksburg, and Sharpsburg, . The letter of 1-10-1862 contains a drawing of a Sharp Revolver, with intricate detail and a written description of how it is operated. There are several newspaper clippings, of various topics related to the war. The letter of May 24, 1862 is written on the verso of a poem, “The Soldier’s Dream”, printed at Camp, Capitol Hill, May, 1862.

Folder 4 contains an account of company (listing of soldiers), letters, many of which were written from Stafford, VA., a General Order from the Army of the Potomac, commending the conduct of the “2nd Brigade” and “Martin’s” 6th Independent New York Battery at Chancellorsville. There are a number of newspaper clippings, of various topics related to the war.

Folder 5 contains an account of company (listing of soldiers), letters (one of which is transcribed), a General Order from the Army of the Potomac, dealing with various aspects of moving materials and dealing with unauthorized civilians, and discharge paper signed by W. H. Mills [Miles].


  • 1861-1864


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

Flavius Josephus Bellamy was born Oct. 4, 1838 in Switzerland County, IN. He attended Indiana Asbury (DePauw) University and graduated in 1860. He served in the 45th Indiana Regiment (3rd Indiana Calvary (Volunteers)) from 1861 to1864 and was promoted to sergeant. He was an attorney in Craig, IN. Following the war, he was elected a Republican member of the Indiana Senate, serving as a representative from Ohio and Switzerland Counties in1867, Ripley and Switzerland Counties in 1869. He died Nov. 4, 1874.


Information Found within Collection

“Bellamy, Flavius Josephus”. Indiana Biography Index Published Before 1990.

“Bellamy, Flavius Josephus”. (1980). In A biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly . (v.1, p. 22). Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society. ISLI 920 B15G

“Bellamy, Flavius J.”. 1860 United States Federal Census. Apr. 30, 2013.

“Bellamy, Flavius J.”. Indiana, Find a Grave Index, 1800-2012. Apr. 30, 2013.


0.05 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Alice Bellamy Taylor.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

Folder 1. Civil War Diary

6-6-1863 -7-1-1864 Handwritten diary with typed transcription

Folder 2. 1861

8-26-1861 – 12-27-1861 Letters from Flavius Josephus Bellamy to family members (few mentioned by name), ALS n.d. Card with pictures of Commanders of the Federal Army, produced by Chas. Magnus, N.Y. n.d. Newspaper clippings

Folder 3. Civil War Letters, 1862

1-3-1862 – 12-30-1862 Letters from Flavius Josephus Bellamy to family members (few mentioned by name), ALS n.d. Newspaper clippings 9-21-1862 Military appointment to sergeant, by Lt. J. W. Buchman

Folder 4. 1863-1864

1-6-1863 – 12-18-1863 Letters from Flavius Josephus Bellamy to family members (few mentioned by name), ALS n.d. Account of company 5-10-1863 General Orders, # 27, 1863, signed by A. Pleasonton, Brigadier General

Folder 5. Civil War Letters, 1864

1-7-1864 - John Smith to wife Joan, ALS (or TLS, AL, TL, etc.) n.d. Account of company n.d. Newspaper clippings 4-7-1864 General Orders, #17, authorized by Maj. Gen. Meade 9-4-1864 Discharge paper

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Edythe Huffman during April 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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