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Henry Martyn Cist papers

 Collection — Folder: S0257
Identifier: S0257

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence to Henry Martyn Cist and others, clippings, and photographs from several prominent military figures ranging from 1863 to 1891 regarding their military career, personal life, and political and war strategies during and after the Civil War.


  • 1863-1891


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

Henry Martyn Cist was born to Charles (a Russian immigrant) and Janet (Micle) Cist on February 20, 1839. He was a lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio before the Civil War.

He enlisted in Company A, Ohio 6th Infantry Regiment on April 20, 1861. He was mustered out June 18, 1861. He then enlisted in Company A, Ohio 6th Infantry Regiment on June 18, 1861. He was mustered out October 10, 1861. He was commissioned as a Full 1st Lieutenant in Company S, Ohio 74th Infantry Regiment October 22, 1861. He was promoted to Full Captain on May 22, 1864 and mustered out May 22, 1864. He was then commissioned an officer in the U.S. Volunteers Adjutant General Department Infantry Regiment on May 22, 1864. He was later promoted to Full Major, promoted to Brevet Colonel and promoted to Brevet Brigadier General, all three promotions on March 13, 1865. He was mustered out on January 4, 1866. He served on the staffs of Major Generals William Rosecrans and George Henry Thomas.

After the war, he practiced law in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was elected as the corresponding secretary of the Society of 618 "Ciudad Real" in 1869. He authored "The Army of the Cumberland", a popular essay, published in 1887.

He died on December 16, 1902, in Rome, Italy of pneumonia during a trip and is buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Olin Norwood.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/08/01 by Nikki Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/17 by Bethany Fiechter.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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