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This collection includes a typed extract from a letter from Oscar Rankin in South Pass City, Washington
Territory, on March 3, 1868 regarding life in the Far West.
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Oscar Rankin's father, David W. Rankin, was born in Pennsylvania and came to Terre Haute, Indiana
in 1834. David married Ann May Crawford of Terre Haute. Oscar was born on December 26, 1842. He
served in the Civil War Union Army, first as a private in Company F, 14th regiment, then as an officer in
Company G, Indiana 7th Cavalry Regiment, September 5, 1863. He was promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant
on Mar 26, 1864, and he was mustered out on October 29, 1864. He had three daughters. He was an active
member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and the Sons of American Revolution. He died in
Terre Haute on September 22, 1924.
"Rankin, Oscar". Terre Haute Journal, Sept. 22,1924, p.1, c.3 and p.7, cols. 2-4.
"Rankin, Oscar". U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Retrieved 2013/10/28. http://
"Rankin, Oscar". U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Retrieved