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Herman Sturm papers

 Collection — Folder: S1272
Identifier: S1272

Scope and Contents

Eight items are in this collection, thus: (1) certificate appointing him Lieutenant Colonel for the 54th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Militia, signed by Governor O. P. Morton, dated November 19, 1862;

(2) Special Orders 27, dated January 14, 1863, accepting the resignation of Lieutenant Colonel H. Sturm, 54th Regiment;

(3) "To Whom It May Concern" letter by Governor Morton, dated May 13, 1865, asking the military authorities for kind attention and consideration for Col. Herman Sturm who is in Washington City "for the purpose of assisting in the speedy return of soldiers of Indiana now about to be mustered out of the United States service to their home";

(4) large certificate dated June 10, 1865, appointed Herman Sturm as Brigadier General and Chief of Ordinance for the State of Indiana;

(5) letter dated December 2, 1865, signed by William Henry Harrison Terrell, Adjutant General of Indiana, commending Herman for his public service and "testifying to his worth and ability";

(6) General Affidavit written by Herman Sturm and notarized on December 14, 1894, giving information about his service during the Civil War;

(7) In Memoriam folder by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, with the obituary of Herman Sturm who died October 18, 1906, at Denver, Colorado; and

(8) undated handwritten paper by Fred E. Sturm, about his Civil War service; he enlisted April 25, 1861 as a private in Company E, 11th Indiana Regiment; in the First Indiana Battery on August 16, 1861; had bleeding of the lungs; commissioned captain of the 24th Indiana Battery; fought in many battles; mustered out at Indianapolis on July 20, 1865.


  • 1862-1907


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

Born in Hanover, Germany, on March 23, 1831, Herman Sturm emigrated to America before he was 18 years old and settled in Philadelphia. Herman married Anna Lubbe and had five children, three of whom outlived him. He was a civil engineer and chemist when the Civil War began. Governor Oliver P. Morton commissioned him Chief of Ordnance with the rank of Captain on April 27, 1861. On November 19, 1862, he became Lieutenant Colonel in charge of the 54th Indiana Infantry Regiment. However, he resigned this commission because of a request to remain in state service. Herman organized the State Arsenal at Indianapolis as ordered by Governor Morton. On June 10, 1865, Herman was commissioned a Brigadier General in recognition of his services to Indiana during the Civil War. From May 1, 1865 to June 31, 1868, General Sturm was agent for the Republic of Mexico, during their war against France. He died on October 18, 1906, at Denver, Colorado.


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 Clara Heath on 1961/6/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/4/13 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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