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Silas Clark, Civil War letters

 Collection — Folder: S2162
Identifier: S2162

Scope and Contents

For the most part, the collection consists of both positive and negative images of letters written by Silas Clark to David Williams and David Charters from 1861 to 1865. Little attention is given to camp life, the emphasis falling more to details of battle. Specific geographic references are given (e.g. Grafton, city of Buchanan, Huttonville, Clarksburgh, Wheeling, Rich Mountain, Monogahela River, Pensacola) although the names of states are commonly omitted. Names of persons are also provided (e.g. Major Burton, John C. Smith, Donaldson). Specific references to Generals Lee and Grant, along with hopes for the taking of Richmond, appear in the letters of November 2, 1864 and May 25, 1864(?). Specific regiments are sometimes named, along with numbers of forces, numbers of wounded, and numbers of the dead. One letter comments extensively on the local politics of the time.


  • 1861-1865

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

Silas Clark, from Peru, Miami County, Indiana, was mustered into service on June 19, 1861. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant on June 3, 1863. At the time of the reorganization of Company B of the 13th Infantry Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers, he was transferred to that unit, then subsequently promoted to the rank of captain of Company A. Captain Silas Clark was mustered out on September 5, 1865 at the expiration of his term of service.


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 Miami County Museum on 1930/03/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/25 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/25 by Lauren Patton.
Silas Clark, Civil War letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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