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Carl A. Zenor Civil War collection

 Collection — Folder: S1957
Identifier: S1957

Scope and Contents

This collection contains American Civil War documents collected by Carl A. Zenor ranging from 1862 to 1963 and includes an incomplete copy of the Touch the Elbow Songster (1862); a typewritten transcript of a letter sent to Francis M. Busby of Lebanon, Indiana from Edward Reynolds at the headquarters of the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division near Atlanta, Georgia (July 31, 1864); a photocopy of an army pass granted to Busby to travel to Alabama and signed by Governor Oliver P. Morton (August 22, 1864); a photocopy of Enoch Scotten's discharge paper from Company G, 99th Indiana Regiment (June 5, 1865); a form letter regarding the 1887 reunion of the 21st (1st Heavy Artillery) Indiana Regiment; photocopies of a letter sent to Zenor from William R. Thompson, Jr. requesting information about Phillip H. Grove, a soldier in the 92nd Indiana Regiment, who helped Thompson's great uncle (a Confederate soldier) while a patient at a prisoner of war hospital (October 9, 1963); and incomplete photocopies of a broadside regarding Co. G, 70th Regiment Indiana Volunteers that includes lists of regimental officers, company officers, and privates (undated).


  • 1862-1963


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.

Historical Note

The Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 1959 and was charged with the responsibility of planning and conducting the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Civil War. The commission consisted of 21 members and Carl A. Zenor served as chairman (1960-1964) and executive director (1964-1965). A variety of observances occurred from 1961 to 1965 and Zenor noted that "we are interested not only in commemorating and observing the anniversary of the Civil War, but also in uncovering documents, papers, pictures and relics which pertain to Indiana's war effort." A high school history teacher, Zenor also served as a member of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table and as executive director of the Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission.


"Carl Zenor to be Speaker for C-C Dinner." Dubois County Daily Herald (IN), September 14, 1965.

Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission. Report of the Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission. Indianapolis, IN: The Commission, 1960.

Turpin, Kenny. "Continentals Active in Centennial." Indianapolis Star (IN), Jan 21, 1961.


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 Carl Zenor on 1980/01/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/08/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/08/21 by Laura Eliason.


Carl A. Zenor Civil War 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.