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Mrs. Paul Seehausen collection

 Collection — Folder: S1163
Identifier: S1163

Scope and Contents

The collection includes typed copies of two items, 23 pages total.

The first item includes two letters written by Benjamin Franklin Sibert, Company A, Ninety-third Indiana Regiment, to his mother, Rebecca Sibert, in July of 1863 during the Siege of Vicksburg. The letters, consisting of 11 pages, indicated that Sibert was stationed at Camp Bear Creek, fifteen miles from Vicksburg, Mississippi. The letters mention Generals Sherman and Joe Sherman, as well as his comrades John M. Davis of Columbus, Ohio; Jacob Sibert of Bartholomew County, Indiana; and Forest Sibert of Indianapolis, Indiana. An introduction to the letters indicates that Benjamin Sibert was step-father of Miss Josephine Sibert of Nashville, Indiana.

The second item, “Diary of a trip to Brown County”, is a 12 page account by Fred Hetherington, dated October 3-7, 1891, of his observations as a photographer in Brown, County, Indiana


  • 1863, 1891

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

Benjamin Franklin Sibert of Jonesville, Indiana, served in 93rd Indiana Regiment, Company A. He was stationed at Camp Bear Creek, fifteen miles out of Vicksburg during the Seige of Vicksburg, 1863.

Frederick Hetherington was a student of the Indiana School of Art when it closed in 1879, only two years after its opening in 1877. Hetherington joined the Bohe Club, formed by students who remained faithful to artistic endeavor in Indiana, inspired by their instructor, John W. Love. In October 1891, students Fred and Charles Nicoli sketched and photographed their way through Brown County, Indiana.


Turner, Ann, Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts; Draegert, Eva, “The Fine Arts in Indianapolis, 1880-1890”, Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 321-348; Schulz, Adolph Robert,” The Story of the Brown County Art Colony”, Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 282-289.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Paul Seehausen.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/22 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/22 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.