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Robert H. Milroy letter

 Collection — Folder: S0967
Identifier: S0967

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an October 14, 1861 letter written by Col. Robert H. Milroy and addressed to the editors of the Cincinnati Daily Times regarding an October 8th article that mentioned that "The Seventh Indiana broke and ran, their officers endeavoring in vain to stop them" during the Battle of Greenbrier on October 3rd. Milroy, a colonel serving with the 9th Indiana Volunteers during the battle, declared that the statement was incorrect and the 7th "acquitted themselves honorably and were guilty of no disgraceful conduct whatever." Col. Jacob Ammen of the 24th Ohio and Col. William P. Richardson of the 25th Ohio also signed the letter and attested to the fact that they did not see the 7th Indiana run, nor did they believe that it occurred. A clipping of the disputed statement from the newspaper is attached to the letter.


  • 1861/10/14


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

Robert Huston Milroy was born near Salem, Indiana on June 11, 1816 to Samuel and Martha Milroy. He graduated from the Indiana University Law School and was a lawyer and judge in Rensselaer, Indiana. He served with the 9th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War, first as a colonel and then, brigadier-general. Milroy resigned from the army on July 25, 1865 and returned to the practice of law in Delphi, Indiana. From 1872 to 1875, he held the office of superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Washington Territory and later was an Indian agent from 1875 to 1885. Milroy died on March 29, 1890 at Olympia, Washington.

Sources: "Robert Huston Milroy." American Civil War General Officers. Accessed August 15, 2017.

"The 'Gray Eagle' Dead. General Robert H. Milroy Passes from Earth." The Delphi Journal (IN), April 3, 1890.

Historical Note

The 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry was organized at Indianapolis, Indiana in April, 1861 as a three-month regiment. The regiment was mustered out on August 2, 1861. It was reorganized and mustered back in on September 13, 1861 for three years' service. The regiment first went to West Virginia where it engaged in the Battle of Greenbrier River on October 3, 1861. The regiment took part in many important battles, including the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, before being mustered out of service on September 20, 1864.


Civil War Index. "7th Indiana Infantry in the American Civil War." Accessed August 15, 2017.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Harry Milroy.


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:

V103: Robert Houston Milroy volumes

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Collection processing completed 2017/08/15 by J.C. EAD finding aid created 2017/08/15 by Laura Eliason.
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