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John A. Botts poem

 Collection — Folder: S1037
Identifier: S1037

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an eleven stanza poem written by John A. Botts and dated June 12, 1863. The poem relates the movement and actions of Company C, 59th Indiana Regiment during the Vicksburg campaign of the U.S. Civil War. At the end of the poem there is a note dated June 25, 1863 from William Owen to Mary Owen that says, "Mary I send you this poetry and if you get it I want you to take good Cear [care] of it till I come home."


  • 1863/06/12


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

John A. Botts was born in 1829 and served with Company C, 59th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. He sent correspondence to the Sullivan Democrat newspaper in Indiana from Vicksburg, Mississippi while serving with the 59th. Botts died on September 11, 1863 after returning home to Sullivan on a furlough.

Source: "John Botts." Indiana Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865. Accessed September 22, 2017.

"Died." Sullivan Democrat (IN), September 24, 1863. "John N. Botts." Find a Grave Index. Accessed September 22, 2017.

Biographical Note

William Owen was born in 1826 in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He served in Company G, 59th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Owen was the grandfather of Roy J. Owen. He died on March 2, 1897 in Clay County, Indiana.

Sources: "William Owen." U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865. Accessed September 22, 2017. "William Owen." U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed September 22, 2017.


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 Roy J. Owen on 1966/06/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/09/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/09/22 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.