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Fort Quiatenon and Fort Harrison collection

 Collection — Folder: S1540
Identifier: S1540

Scope and Contents

Two typed documents are in this collection. A five-page manuscript is entitled "How I Found Quiatenon" by Wilson Smith. He tells of "historical personages" who recorded information about the location of the fort beginning in 1718, and how he located the site of the old fort.

The second paper is only two pages, and is entitled: "The Old Fort, A Copy of the Original Order Transferring the Troops from Fort Knox to Fort Harrison. A Short Sketch of the Life of Major Chunn, Commander of the Post in 1816." Alexander Macomb was the author of the order, dated May 10, 1816, which transferred troops from Fort Knox to Fort Harrison. On the second page of this paper, there is a short biography of John Thomas Chunn. His son Thomas and daughter, Mrs. John Wright, lived in Vermillion County at the time the "short sketch" was written.


  • 1934-1936


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

Major John Thomas Chunn was born in Maryland on October 8, 1780. His family moved to Fauqueir County, Virginia, when he was young. In 1801, he moved to Ohio, and then to Clarksburg, Indiana, in 1804. He joined the army in 1811, and took part in the Harrison Campaign in Canada. When he returned to Indiana in 1815, he was assigned command of the Fifth Military Department with headquarters at Fort Harrison, where he stayed until 1818. From Indianapolis, he went to Fort Detroit. In 1820, he retired from the U.S.Army. The biography attached to "The Old Fort," in the collection, states that he married Matilda LeMarch, at Clinton, in 1821. states that he married Ann M. Cook on November 30, 1825. He died on September 9, 1847, and is buried in Chunn Cemetery, Vigo County, Indiana.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection, in two parts, was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from in 1934 and 1936.


No further additions are expected.
Fort Quiatenon and Fort Harrison collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.