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Isaac N. Winans "Sketches and Incidents of the Mexican War" memoir

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1441

Scope and Contents

This colleciton includes 2 sets of photocopies of Isaac N. Winan's memoir regarding his service with Company B, 4th Indiana Volunteers during the Mexican-American War (circa 1880). Written after a "lapse of thirty-three years," Winan's narrative notes the names of many of the men he served with and describes the regiment's marches, travels by steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and relates other observations regarding the people, places, and events that he saw and experienced during his service in the war. The collection also includes a recreated certificate from the Adjutant General's office regarding Winan's service and was prepared and signed by Lawrie G. Meldrum, Assistant Archivist of Indiana (September 24, 1971.)


  • circa 1880, 1971

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 / Historical

Isaac N. Winans was born on December 18, 1825 in Ohio. He moved with his father to Owen County, Indiana around 1842. During the Mexican-American War he joined a company of volunteers organized by Captain Jesse G. Alexander at Gosport. The volunteers marched several days to Jeffersonville and were officially mustered into Company B, 4th Indiana Volunteers on June 8. He served with his company for just over a year before returning to Indiana and mustering out on July 16, 1848. He married twice, first to Emily Cheatwood on March 14, 1853 and then to Jane Davis on June 22, 1858. He was living in Owen County when the Civil War broke out and he mustered into Company B, 31st Indiana Regiment with the rank of captain on September 5, 1861. He resigned his commission the following year on November 19, 1862 and returned to Owen County. A few years later he and his family moved to a farm in Morgan County. In 1878, the family moved again to Hervey County, Kansas and there he resided until his death at the age of 56 on February 10, 1882.

Sources: "Isaac N. Winans." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed October 15, 2019. "Isaac N. Winans." U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed October 15, 2019. "Isaac Winens." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 15, 2019. "Isaac Winans." U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976.. Accessed October 15, 2019.

"Died-Feb. 10, 1982."The Weekly Republican (Newton, KS), February 22, 1882.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Vol. II. Indianapolis: W.R. Holloway, State Printer, 1865.


0.08 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/15 by Laura Eliason.
Isaac N. Winans "Sketches and Incidents of the Mexican War" memoir
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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