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Alan Cloe letters

 Collection — Folder: S267
Identifier: S0267

Scope and Contents

This collection includes seven letters from members of Alan Cloe's family, beginning in 1858 and concluding with a letter written in 1945. The first letter from John Frazier in Dublin, Indiana, was to his children and grandchildren, and was addressed to Joseph Hussey in Carmel, Indiana. He wrote: "we are getting very fearful of bank notes as banks are breaking."

John Hussey wrote four letters during his Civil War service, in 1861 and 1862, from Kentucky. He served in Company F, 10th Indiana Volunteers. November 7, 1861, he mentioned his cousin George Frazier who enlisted. John wrote: "There is a battle expected between Rouseau and Buckner daily. The 1st Ohio regiment went into Rouseau's Division last night and I understand that regiments from other states and from Indiana are going to join him soon." Regarding his recent visit to a hospital, John wrote: "it was a sad spectacle to see the poor fellows laying there from day to day. I supposed they were thinking of home and friends far distant. But the most heart rending sight was one poor fellow who had the delirium tremons. I do not think he will recover."

On December 15, 1861, John Hussey wrote to his parents from Camp Ben Spaulding near Lebanon, Kentucky. He wrote: "The Chaplain of the 15th Regt. preached for us last Tuesday; he is a much better preacher than ours ... They are just from Virginia and were in the battle of Green Briar. The Chaplain said he never felt as well in his life as he did when they were pouring shot and shell into the enemies." The chaplain preached about "30 rebel funerals." John wrote about seeing slaves working at the slaughter house.

In the 1862 letters, written in January and February, Mr. Hussey told his family about high prices, foraging, General Zollicoffer, the area, residents and weather.

On January 11, 1873, Henry Clow, in Elizabethtown, Indiana, wrote to his "friend Isaac" about the prospects of selling out and moving. The letter includes a note from Jane Clow to Mary Powell (?).

The final letter, August 21, 1945, was from Elmer Jessup, Lakewood, Ohio, to Lawrence C. Cloe in Noblesville, Indiana. Elmer enclosed the previous letters which he wanted to pass along to the family.


  • 1858-1873, 1945


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.

Historical Note

In 1858, John Frazier lived in Dublin, Indiana, and wrote to his children and grandchildren who lived in Carmel, Indiana. John Hussey, who wrote four of the letters in this collection, was in Company F, 10th Indiana Volunteer Regiment, and wrote from Kentucky. Henry Clow lived in Elizabethtown, Bartholomew County, Indiana, in 1873 when he wrote to his friend Isaac. The final letter, written in 1945, explains the previous family letters which Elmer Jessup, Lakewood, Ohio, wanted Lawrence C. Cloe and his daughter in Noblesville, Indiana, to have.


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 Alan Cloe on 1978/03/22.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/07/03 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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