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Julius M. Waldschmidt collection

 Collection — Folder: S1775
Identifier: S1775

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a diary kept by Julius Waldschmidt with military-related expenses detailed by date during 1865. Also included within the diary are possible unit locations and names of individuals he served alongside. On December 28, 1889, Julius corresponded with William F. Fox, State of New York Forest Commission, concerning where to purchase a copy of "Regimental Losses in the American Civil War, 1861-1865." Several pages from "Regimental Losses" is included. Excerpts in the report are underlined and circled, notating the Iron Brigade, 19th Indiana Infantry. A sympathy letter to Mrs. Louisa Waldschmidt from W. A. Brannan of the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, dated 1894/10/22, and a sympathy letter to Dora and Ella Waldschmidt from Frank Whittmeyer, dated 1893/11/08, is also included. A 1917 souvenir booklet titled "Twenty Views of Camp Sherman and Chillcothe, Ohio" from Christ J. Nicols was sent to Mrs. Waldschmidt on July 2, 1918. Inscribed within the booklet is a brief letter and "17th Company, 5th Training Reserve, Battalion, Camp Sherman, Ohio." An undated photograph of Julius Waldschmidt taken in Germany is also included within the collection.


  • 1865-1918


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

Julius M. Waldschmidt was born on February 20, 1836 in Tetzlar, Germany. He immigrated to the United States from Germany during 1852-1853. Waldschmidt married Louisa Heintzenberger and they had four children, Linda E., Ella Louise, Dora Ann, and Carl. He enlisted in Company G, Indiana 19th Infantry Regiment on July 29, 1861. He was promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on January 9, 1863 and mustered out on August 13, 1864. Wladschmidt became a commissioned officer in Company E, Indiana 152nd Infantry Regiment on March 8, 1865, then mustered out on August 30, 1865 at Clarksburg, West Virginia. He was promoted to Full Major on March 9, 1865. Waldschmidt died on January 31, 1918 and is buried at City Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.

Sources: 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Barhette's Books in South Bend, Indiana on 1968/03/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/08/12.
Julius M. Waldschmidt collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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