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Donald B. Roberts "Why Were They There?" thesis

 Collection — Folder: S1124
Identifier: S1124

Scope and Contents

This paper was written by Donald B. Roberts for his Social Science Course No. 598.1, under Doctor Lester F. Schmidt at Ball State Teachers College, and submitted November 18, 1964. The paper is entitled: "Why Were They There? A Study of the Soldiers within the 75th Regiment of Indiana Infantry Volunteers from Roanoke to Chickamauga." The article has seven chapters, two appendixes, and five maps. Amid the narrative, Mr. Roberts reprints some of the forty-three letters which Uriah sent to his sister Margaret, who was the paternal grandmother of Donald Roberts, the author of this history.

In Mr. Roberts' conclusion, he quoted from Uriah's April 18, 1863 letter: "I never yet got a letter from home that cheered me like this one did. Who would not leave home and friends for the sake of this country." Donald Roberts wrote: "It would be interesting to know just what was contained in the letter from home that caused him to restate his willingness to 'leave home and friends for the sake of this country.' ... his contribution at Chickamauga seems a substantial proof that he genuinely believed in the Union."


  • 1964


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 75th Regiment was raised from counties in the northeast quarter of Indiana in response to the draft call of August 4, 1862. All of Company H came from Huntington County, Indiana. The enrollment for the 75th was complete by August 10, 1862.

Biographical Note

Uriah J. Loop, born March 16, 1846, was sixteen years old when he enlisted as a rifleman in Company H, 75th Indiana Volunteer Regiment, on August 5, 1862, at Roanoke, Indiana. He served until March 2, 1864, when he was recovering from a wound sustained at the Battle of Chickamauga. The wound in his left thigh resulted in his being captured at Chickamauga and taken prisoner.

Donald Roberts' paternal grandmother was Uriah Loop's sister Margaret.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Donald B. Roberts on 1967/11/22.


No further additions are expected.

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Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/11/13 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
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