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David Henry Harrison Shewmaker collection

 Collection — Folder: S1175
Identifier: S1175

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of a 24-page pamphlet published in 1904 of the address, "What War Has Done" by D.H.H. Shewmaker, that he gave at the eighth annual reunion of the Delaware County Veterans. In his address, Shewmaker discusses the American Civil War and other historic wars that influenced nations and the individuals involved. This collection also includes a one-page handwritten biography of Shewmaker circa 1967.


  • 1904-1967


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

David Henry Harrison (D.H.H.) Shewmaker was born November 16, 1840 in Lanesville, Harrison County, Indiana to Tandy and Nancy Shewmaker. He enlisted in Company B, 3rd Indiana Cavalry on June 22, 1861 and fought in many battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Shewmaker was severely wounded at Gettysburg, but continued with his service and later took part in General Ulysses S. Grant's campaign against Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. He married Nancy McRae (1838-1905) on May 30, 1865 and they had three children. Shewmaker was a dedicated educator and was a teacher and principal at schools in Harrison and Delaware counties. He was a Mason and helped organize the Williams Post No. 78, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in Muncie, Indiana. Shewmaker died at the age of 68 on July 6, 1909.


Information within collection.

A Portrait and Biographical Record of Delaware and Randolph Counties, Ind., Containing Biographical Sketeches of Many Prominent and Representative Citizens, Together with biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States, and Biographies of the Governors of Indiana. Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co., 1894. "David H.H. Shewmaker." Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920. Accessed October 3, 2017. "Nancy A. Mccrae." Indiana Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed October 3, 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 Mrs. Cora Phillips.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/10/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/10/04 by Laura Eliason.
David Henry Harrison Shewmaker collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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