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Jesse B. Connelly collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0289

Scope and Contents

The first of the three folders contains a handwritten copy of Mr. Connelly's Civil War diary as well as small, original diary from 1863. The second folder contains a copy of the transcript compiled by his daughter. The third folder contains the original transcript.

The diary begins in August 1861 and goes to September 1863. During his service, Lt. Connelly fought under General Grant at Fort Donelson; at the Battle of Shiloh; at the siege of Corinth; and was in General Buell's army through northern Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. He was led by General Rosecrans and Thomas at Stone River and Chickamauga, where he received the injury that ended his military career.


  • 1861-1863

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

Jesse B. Connelly (1st Decemeber, 1836 - 29th April, 1920) was born in Parke County Indiana and educated at Bloomingdale Academy and Asbury College (Now DePauw University). In 1861 he enlisted in Company I of the 31st Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was promoted to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in April of 1862. He was injured in the Battle of Chickamauga and although he attempted to return to serivce, he was found physically unfit and was honorably discharged from the Army on April 9, 1864.

After the war he married his first wife Mary E. Edwards (d.1876) and had 3 children. He remarried to Rebecca A. Weed (d.1882) in 1877 and was finally married to Marth Rogers Magill in 1883, who survived him.

He was an active citizen, holding many public offices in Parke County, including auditor and school board president.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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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 Mrs. John N. Ott on 1941/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/25 by Keenan Salla. EAD finding aid created 2014/06/25 by Keenan Salla.
Jesse B. Connelly collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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