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William T. Spicely letter

 Collection — Folder: S1680
Identifier: S1680

Scope and Contents

The collection includes an original handwritten 2-page letter written on July 29, 1846 from Lt. William S. Spicely, 2nd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Fort Isabel, Texas. The letter is addressed to Mary J. Worrell, Orleans, Orange County, Indiana. In the letter Lt. Spicely expresses warm sentiment to friends of Orleans, from the "sandy desert". Names addressed in the letter include Amilia Webb, Eliza Busick, Aunt Jane Worrell, Mary Riley, Bill Riley, Preston, Mary Worrell, Rachel Glenn, and Marth Prosser. Also included is a 2-page brief regarding the contents of the letter, written by Kearby Bon Parker, undated.


  • 1846/07/29


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

General William T. Spicely, was born January 25, 1823 to Samuel and Elizabeth (Busick) Spicely in North Carolina. On September 7, 1847 he married Eliza B. Williamson, and on January 9, 1873 he married Maria Jane Overman, and began his career as an attorney in Orleans, Indiana. Spicely served as a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the Mexican War. He was mustered in on June 13, 1846 as a Second Lieutenant, at New Albany, Indiana, and mustered out on June 23, 1847, as a Captain, at New Orleans, Louisiana. Spicely later served in the Civil War, mustered in as a Captain in the 2nd Indiana Regiment on July 31, 1861 and mustered out on July 21, 1865 as Brevet Brigadier General. Mary Jane Worrell was born on Indiana in December 1826, daughter of Jane Worrell. Mary Jane married school teacher Isaac N. Albertson in Orange County, Indiana on November 19, 1847, and had four children. When Isaac died in 1855, Mary Jane married Jefferson Nugent, with whom she had two children. Mary Jane died on January 14, 1885 in Orange County, Indiana.


Buley, R.C., Indiana in the Mexican War, Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 15, No. 3, Sept. 1919

Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, Vol. 1, 1903

Turner, Ann, Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts, Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Kearby Bon Parker on 2011/07/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/05/25 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2017/05/25 by Linda Gellert.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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