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James L. Wheelock collection

 Collection — Folder: S1938
Identifier: S1938

Scope and Contents

This collection includes eleven letters written by James L. Wheelock during his service with the 113th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the U.S. Civil War. Ranging from October 1862 to August 1863, the letters were sent to his father and to William Winslow from camps in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The collection also includes two letters sent to Mr. Winslow on October 11, 1863 by Captain Levi Nichols and George W. Brigham of the 113th regarding Wheelock's death and a November 22, 1863 letter written by Fannie Winslow and sent to her brother, James Wheelock's father.


  • 1862-1863


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

James L. Wheelock was born June 7, 1840 in Saint Lawrence County, New York to Ira and Louisa (Lyons) Wheelock. He moved to Hartford, Licking County, Ohio and worked as a clerk, most likely for William Winslow, a prosperous merchant whose second wife was Fannie B. Wheelock Winslow, the sister of Ira Wheelock. Wheelock served with the 113th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War, mustering in as a sergeant in October, 1862 and receiving a promotion to second lieutenant in March, 1863. He was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 22, 1863. Wheelock was the half brother of William Barker Wheelock (1862-1936), the first vice-president of L.S. Ayers and Company, an Indianapolis department store.


Information found within collection. "James L. Wheelock." New York, Town Clerk's Registration of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca. 1861-1865. Accessed September 23, 2020. "James L. Wheelock. U.S., Civil War Draft Registration Reocrds, 1863-1865. Accessed September 23, 2020. "James L. Wheelock." U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed September 23, 2020.

Peeke, Hewson L. A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916.

"William Wheelock Dies in Home Here." Indianapolis Star (Ind,), February 10, 1936.


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 donations from Mrs. William B. Wheelock on 1937/11/26 and Theodore and Helen (Wheelock) Griffith in 1952.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/09/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/24 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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