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J. C. Thompson collection

 Collection — Folder: S1303
Identifier: S1303

Scope and Contents

The first item is an original letter on letterhead with "Our Union Defenders" and a picture of a soldier beside a cannon and stacked rifles. The letter was written in ink on January 30, 1862, from Lebanon, Kentucky, to J. C. Thompson's son Wesley, in Gilead, Miami County, Indiana. J. C. tells about the Battle of Mill Springs, in which General Felix Kirk Zollicoffer was killed on January 19, 1862. He wrote that the Confederates "run like wild horses running over and crippling one another in their hasty flight for safety, they tried to swim the river Cumberland." He wrote: "the union men has made a clean sweep of old Zoll and all his forces some nine thousand sending him over the river sticks where Rebbles do not hurt or make afraid."

The second item is the envelope with a picture and the phrase "Bully for the Union."

The third item is a typed copy of the letter.

The fourth item is the certificate of the Adjutant General of Indiana giving the Civil War record of John W. Thompson, from Gilead, Indiana, who served in Company F, 42nd Regiment, from December 28, 1863 to July 21, 1865. John Wesley Thompson was promoted to corporal on May 1, 1865.

The last item is a copy of the handwritten letter Iona wrote to her sister Dorothy on January 24, 1957, telling her about their great-grandfather J. C. Thompson, and their grandfather J. W. Thompson, as well as other relatives.


  • 1862-1957


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

J. C. Thompson was the father of John Wesley Thompson, to whom he wrote the letter dated January 30, 1862. J. C. told his son Wesley about the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky, in which General Felix Zollicoffer was killed on January 19.

John Wesley was a private in Company F, 42nd Regiment, from December 28, 1863, until July 21, 1865. Wesley was promoted to Corporal on May 1, 1865. Wesley married Margaret, who died on October 19, 1864, at the age of 29. They had three children: a boy who became the father of Dorothy and Iona, and two girls, Eva and Lima. Gerald A. Field, son of Dorothy, lived in Mullins, South Carolina, in 1983 when he wrote about his mother and family.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as two donations from Mrs. Brayton W. (Dorothy) Field on 1957/1/9 and from Gerald A. Field on 1983/12/9.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/8/24 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
J. C. Thompson collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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