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Homer S. Woodworth letter

 Collection — Folder: S1454
Identifier: S1454

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a July 2, 1863 letter written by Homer Woodworth and sent to his cousin Arvilla Reeves at Nettle Lake, Williams County, Ohio. Woodworth, a private in the 100th Indiana Regiment, wrote the letter while "encamped at Haines Bluffs on the Yazoo River about six miles from Vicksburg" during the siege of Vicksburg. He gave dates and some details regarding the regiment's travel from Collierville, Tennessee to Vicksburg and also mentioned that he'd been sick and wasn't with his regiment at the Big Black River.


  • 1863/07/02


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

Homer S. Woodworth was born on December 28, 1842 in Angola, Steuben County, Indiana to Augustus and Mary Woodworth. He mustered into Company B, 100th Indiana Regiment on August 15, 1862 and received an honorable discharge on September 3, 1863. As a boy, he traveled with a company of magicians. Following the war, he tried a number of trades, including watchmaker, photographer and pharmacist, but always returned to the road as a professional magician. He lived in Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming before moving to San Diego, California in the 1930s. When he died at the age of 98 on May 19, 1941, he was considered to be the oldest magician in America.

Sources: "Homer Woodworth." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 25, 2019. "Homer S. Woodworth." U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962. Accessed November 25, 2019.

"Homer S. Woodworth Dies in California." Angola Herald (IN), May 30, 1941.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collecion includes one letter.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Helen Bates on 1963/08/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/11/25 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/11/25 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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