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Asa E. Sample diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1136

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 folders containing a photocopy of a 117-page diary from Asa E. Sample of Knightstown, Indiana, ranging from December 9, 1862 to December 21, 1863 regarding his experiences during the Civil War as an enlisted soldier with the 54th Infantry Regiment, Company E.


  • 1862-1863


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

Asa E. Sample was born on April 20, 1840 in Knightstown, Indiana. On October 30, 1862 Sample was mustered into the Union Army where he was ranked corporal in Company E of the 54th Infantry Regiment, Indiana. The 54th Infantry Regiment was organized in October, mustered into service for one year in November, and left Indianapolis, Indiana, for Memphis, Tennessee, in December. The regiment served under Colonel John DeCourcey’s Brigade of General George W. Morgan’s Division of the 13th Army Corps. The 54th Infantry Regiment participated in the campaign on Vicksburg and the capture of Jackson, Mississippi. While serving in the Union Army, Sample was promoted in rank to sergeant. Sample was mustered out along with the rest of the 54th Infantry Regiment in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 8, 1863.

After returning to Knightstown, Sample married Sarah Anne Kitley on October 19, 1865. Sample in later years became an active member of the Jerry B. Mason Post No. 168, G.A.R., Knightsown, where he served in a number of official posts sometime between 1883 and 1905. Also, Sample is listed as one of the original stockholders in the Citizens' State Bank of Knightstown. Asa Sample died in Knightstown, Indiana, on September 5, 1910.


Hazzard, George, Hazzard’s History of Henry County, Indiana, 1822-1906, G. Hazzard, New Castle, Indiana, 1906, pp. 317-322, 648-653, 824, and 1082-1083.

Terrell, W.H.H., Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume V, 1861-1865, Samuel M. Douglass, State Printer, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1866, pp. 610-611.

Genealogical information compiled by William S. Zoller. Indiana Historical Society,


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Civil War Centennial Committee on 1964/03/26.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/10/08 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/08 by Linda Gellert.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.