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Elias Reeves letter

 Collection — Folder: S1847
Identifier: S1847

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photostatic copy of a letter written by Elias Reeves on February 19, 1862 from Fort Craig at Arlington Heights, Virginia and sent to his friend James Pickard during the U.S. Civil War. In the letter, Reeves mentions that he's been sick for "some three months" since he'd left Indiana, was tired of "old Virginia," and had seen Washington and Annapolis, Maryland. A handwritten note added to the back of the second page after it was copied records that James Pickard had been a resident of Freedom (Indiana), mustered into Company B, 31st Indiana Infantry on September 20, 1861 and was discharged on January 14, 1864 (actual year was 1863) for disability.


  • 1862, circa 1979


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

Elias Reeves was born in June 1843 in Owen County, Indiana to David G. and Frances (Dickerson) Reeves. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, he mustered into Company I, 19th Indiana Infantry on July 29, 1861. During his service, he was seriously wounded at Gettysburg and was a prisoner of war for 32 days in Libby Prison before mustering out as a corporal on July 28, 1864. He returned to Indiana and married Susan A. (Crockett) Warren in February 1875. They later moved to Kansas and lived in Esbon in Jewell County before moving to Lone Elm in Anderson County. He died at the age of 65 on November 25, 1908.

Sources: "Elias Reeve." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 10, 2021. "Elias Reeves." Indiana, U.S. Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed April 10, 2021. "Elias Reeves." Kansas, U.S., Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889. Accessed April 10, 2021. "Corp. Elias Reeves." Find a Grave Memorial no. 90308642. Accessed April 10, 2021.

"The 19th Regiment at Gettysburg." Indianapolis Daily Journal (Ind.), August 11, 1863.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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 Donald Carter in 1979/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/04/10 by Laura Eliason.
Elias Reeves letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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