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Ellis Lawrence personal narrative

 Collection — Folder: S0811
Identifier: S0811

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a handwritten account by Ellis Lawrence, dated September 13, 1862, describing his experiences during the "Siege of Cincinnati" in the Civil War. Due to his Quaker faith, Lawrence refused to participate in any military activity for the defense of the city. His account describes the beliefs of the Quakers and his arrest, detainment and treatment by the guards during his short confinement during September 10-13, 1862.


  • 1862/09/13


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

The Defense of Cincinnati, also referred to as "The Siege of Cincinnati," occurerd from September 1 to 13, 1862 and was part of the Confederate Heartland Offensive during the U.S. Civil War. Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith instructed Brigadier General Henry Heth to move towards the Cincinnati area, not to attack, but to make a "demonstration." Cincinnati Mayor George Hatch ordered all businesses to be closed and Major General Lew Wallace declared martial law in Cincinnati, Ohio and in nearby Covington and Newport, Kentucky. By September 5th, Wallace ordered the resumption of business, and even though more than 14,000 men volunteered to help defend the city, able-bodied men who did not join in the defense were arrested by the provost guards.


Information found within collection.

Stern, Joseph S, Jr. "The Siege of Cincinnati." Bulletin of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio 18, no. 3 (July, 1960): 162-186. Accessed April 21, 2016.

Wikipedia contributors, "Defense of Cincinnati," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Accessed April 21, 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 the Hoosier Book Shop on 1939/03/14.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L173: Lew Wallace collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/04/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/04/21 by Laura Eliason.
Ellis Lawrence personal narrative
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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