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George W. Pearce letters

Identifier: S1044

Scope and Contents

This collection includes copy of three personal letters from George W. Pearce, a Confederate Civil War Prisoner, on September 20, 22, and 29, 1864, regarding family matters.


  • 1864


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

During late summer 1864, George W. Pearce wrote three personal letters (September 20, 22, and 29) to his sister, E. L. Haus of St. Louis, Missouri, while serving as a prisoner of war from Camp Morton, 13th Division, Indianapolis, Indiana. Mentioned in the letters are the names of his wife, Augusta Virginia, and children, Mary Elizabeth, Sarah Henrietta, and John Houston. Also mentioned in the letters are a brother Daniel, nephew Fred, and Richard (last names not provided).

In February 1862, Indiana Governor Oliver Morton agreed to accept up to 3000 Confederate prisoners at Camp Morton. Within a few weeks, Camp Morton reportedly housed 3700 prisoners, and by July 1864, the number had climbed to 4900. By April 1, 1865, the number of prisoners at Camp Morton had declined to 1,408, and with General Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865, all remaining prisoners were released.

A Confederate prisoner listed only as G. W. Pearce is among Confederate Soldiers who died at Camp Morton and were buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.



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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. R. F. Longer during May 1967.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/18 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/18 by Linda Gellert.
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