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Oscar Rankin letter

 Collection — Folder: S1735
Identifier: S1735

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1868/03/03


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

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 2013/10/28.


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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Fairbanks Memorial Library in Terre Haute, Indiana on 1935/12/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/10/28 by Edyth Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2013/10/28 by Edyth Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2018/06/06 by Lauren Patton.
Oscar Rankin letter
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Repository Details

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