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Clement R. Strahan collection

 Collection — Folder: S1853
Identifier: S1853

Scope and Contents

This collection includes pages 225-255 from Clement R. Stahan's copy of the revised edition of Manual of the Civil War and Key to the Grand Army of the Republic and Kindred Societies, a book written by J. Worth Carnahan and published by the U.S. Army and Navy Historical Association in 1899. The collection includes an army discharge certificate filled out by Strahan with information regarding his February 18, 1866 discharge (p.225); an unused honorable discharge form for the United States Navy (p. 227); the handwritten reminiscences "Military History of Clement R. Strahan, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865 and 1866" signed and dated by Strahan on October 6, 1902 (p.231-245); a section with the heading "Pensions" (p.250-253); and "Pension Statistics" of Civil War soldiers through June 1898 (p.254-255). The collection also includes a newspaper clipping of a small article titled "Only 32 Out of 1,236 Left" about the 7th Indiana Cavalry reunion in 1916.


  • 1899-1902


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

Clement R. Strahan was born January 17, 1847 in Fleming County, Kentucky to Samuel R. and Martha Ann (Hunt) Strahan. In November 1853, he moved with his family to Huntsville, Randolph County, Indiana. In June 1862, at the age of 15, he enlisted in Company D, 69th Indiana Regiment but was discharged in August due to his age. The following year he ran away from home and mustered into Company B, 7th Cavalry at Indianapolis on August 28, 1863. In July 1865, he was transfered to Company D and continued in service with the 7th Cavalry until being discharged at Austin, Texas on February 18, 1866. He married Hannah Ellen Cougill in 1870 and they had eleven children. He died at the age of 65 on August 12, 1912.


Information found within collection. "Clement R. Strahan." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 16, 2021. "PVT Clement Ricketts Strahan." Find a Grave Memorial no. 16264714. Accessed April 16, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Louise Wathen in 1975/10.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of Manual of the Civil War and Key to the Grand Army of the Republic and Kindred Societies by J. Worth Carnahan (1899) are available electronically in HathiTrust:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/04/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/04/16 by Laura Eliason.
Clement R. Strahan collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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