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Civil War collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1512

Scope and Contents

This collection includes various badges (ribbons) from regimental reunions and veterans organizations' meetings, such as the Grand Army of the Republic and the Women's Relief Corps (WRC),in Indiana ranging from 1877 to 1921. There is also a postcard to John A. Cottman from William W. Dudley in Richmond, Indiana on June 20, 1873 regarding badges of the "Iron Brigade," which included the 19th Indiana Regiment.

There are also 3 bound volumes containing photo-offset copies of original manuscripts compiled circa 1914 by William Davis regarding the movements, camps, campaigns, skirmishes and battles of the 7th Indiana Infantry Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. Ranging from April 23, 1861 to June 30, 1863, the volumes include copies of diary entries, letters and the personal memories of Davis and his comrades John C. Henderson, Samuel G. List, and Samuel W. Vannuys. There are also three newspaper clippings from the Chicago Tribune regarding the League of Nations, the Irish Republic, and the Peace Conference from January 1919 added to volume 2. The fourth volume is a pension claim record book with entries from October 1869 to July 1870, but the book was later used as a recipe scrapbook and the undated additions to the book obscure several pension records (V113).

An oversize folder contains a sheet depicting bayonet exercises, circa 1860s (OBC013).


  • 1873-1921


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.

Historical Note

Ribbon badges were issued by many regimental veterans' associations during the late 19th and early 20th century at meetings, reunions and conventions as souvenirs. They might also be pinned to clothing as a means of membership identificaiton.


The 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized at Indianapolis, Indiana April 21-27, 1861 for three months service. The regiment was sent to West Virginia and took part in some of the early battles, including Philippi, Laurel Hill, and Carrick's Ford. The regiment was mustered out on August 2, 1861, but was reorganized and mustered back in on September 13, 1861 for three years service. The regiment was sent back to West Virginia where it engaged in the Battle of Greenbrier River in October of that year before moving on to Virginia. The regiment took part in many important battles of the war, including Antietam, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor. The 7th was mustered out of service on September 20, 1864.


Civil War Index. "7th Indiana Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War." Accessed June 4, 2019.

National Park Service. "7th Regiment, Indiana Infantry." Soldiers and Sailors Database: Search For Battle Units. Accessed June 3, 2019.


0.47 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 large oversize folder, 4 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as multiple donations from C.F. Hall on 1877/25/03 and G.S. Cottman.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC013: Civil War oversize collection

V113: Seventh Indiana Infantry Regiment record books

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/23 by Cathi Taylor. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/23 by Cathi Taylor. EAD finding aid revised 2015/10/15 by Brittany Kropf; 2021/10/15 by Lauren Patton.. Volume processing completed 2019/06/05 by Laura Eliason. Volume EAD finding aid created 2019/06/05 by Laura Eliason.
Civil War veterans reunions badges 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.