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Peter Shaffer letter

 Collection — Folder: S1761
Identifier: S1761

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter written by Peter Shaffer on January 17, 1858 and sent to John and Mary Smith of Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana. In the letter he mentions that their "dear sister Eve Ann departed this life and died last October 13th."


  • 1858/01/17


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

The author of the letter in this collection may have been the Peter Shaffer listed on the 1860 census living in East Half, Owen County, Indiana. Born around 1835 in Pennsylvania, his occupation is listed as shoemaker and the letter begins "I take may [sic] seat in the shue [sic] shop to pen you a few lines". A Peter "Schaffer" of Owen County served in H Company, 14th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War and was killed on March 23, 1862 at Winchester, Virginia.

Sources: "Peter Shaffer." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 19, 2018.

Civil War Index. "14th Indiana Infantry Soldier Roster." Accessed February 19, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from David Richards on 1972/06/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/02/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/02/19 by Laura Eliason.
Peter Shaffer letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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