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George Head papers

 Collection — Folder: S1830
Identifier: S1830

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of documents pertaining to George Head’s service with the 21st Regiment, Indiana Infantry and the 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery during the U.S. Civil War. Ranging from 1861 to 1866, the collection includes copies of military papers that record Private Head appearing on muster-in rolls, mustering-out rolls, company muster rolls, and in the company descriptive book and return records. The collection also includes copies of the “Declaration of Recruit” and “Volunteer Enlistment” papers he signed by his mark on January 1, 1864 to reenlistment at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and copies of two documents from September 1865 regarding charges and specifications filed by Provost Marshall I.R. Allen at Pensacola against Head for "conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline."


  • 1861-1866


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

George W. Head was born April 8, 1840 in Daviess County, Indiana to John and Sarah Ann (Quinn) Head. Following the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, he enlisted in Company F, 21st Indiana Regiment on July 24, 1861. On February 10, 1863, General Nathaniel Banks, commander of the Army of the Gulf, ordered the regiment to be changed to heavy artillery service and Company F became part of the 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery. In January 1864, he reenlisted at Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a veteran and was mustered out of the army on January 10, 1866. He returned to Indiana and engaged in farming. He married Mary E. Moffitt in May 1891 and they were living in Marion, Lawrence County, Indiana when he died on November 11, 1913.


Information found within collection. "George Head." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed March 16, 2021. "George W. Head." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 17, 2021. "George Head." U.S., National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938. Accessed March 16, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana Commission on Public Records on 1980/06/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/17 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.