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Addison Sleeth reminiscences

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2065

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the handwritten "Reminiscences of Army Life" by Addison Sleeth. His 173-page memoir begins with his enlistment in Company G, 52 Indiana Volunteer Regiment on October 28, 1861 and continues through to his mustering out on September 10, 1865 at Montgomery, Alabama and his trip home. The memoir is undated, but there is a handwritten entry added to the last page that notes Sleeth's death on September 18, 1912 at 7:30 p.m. The collection also includes a set of photocopies of his reminiscences and an Allen County, Kansas teacher's certificate issued to Sleeth on October 6, 1877.


  • 1877 and undated


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

Addison Sleeth was born on April 29, 1842 in Shelby County, Indiana to John and Rebecca (Talbert) Sleeth. He attended local schools then enrolled at Asbury College (now Depauw University), but his studies were cut short due to the Civil War. He enlisted in Company G, 52nd Indiana Volunteer Regiment as a private on October 28, 1861 and following the completion of his three year enlistment, re-enlisted in the re-organized 52nd as a corporal. Sleeth was promoted to sergeant and served until the end of the war, mustering out at Montgomery, Alabama on September 10, 1865. He returned to Indiana and engaged in farming and teaching. He married Margaret L. Joyce in August 1868 and they moved to Humboldt, Kansas in 1874. Following the loss of Margaret, Sleeth married Phoebe Partlow in September 1878. He was a member of the Vicksburg Post No. 72, Kansas Grand Army of the Republic and lived in Kansas until his death on September 18, 1912.


"Addison Sleeth." The Humboldt Union (Kansas), September 26, 1912. "Addison Sleeth." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed October 28, 2020.

Civil War Index. "52nd Indiana Infantry in the American Civil War." Accessed October 29, 2020.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Elaine and Kenneth Sender on 1968/06/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/10/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/10/29 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.