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August Leich collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2209

Scope and Contents

This collection contains news clippings from Columbus, Evansville and Rockport, Indiana newspapers ranging from 1917 to 1929 regarding U.S. Civil War veterans and the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). The collection also contains three volumes created by August Leich regarding the G.A.R. and Company F, 24th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Volume 1 comprises registration records from the Department of the Indiana G.A.R. annual encampment at Evansville, Indiana in May, 1916 and listings of members of Farragut Post No. 27, G.A.R. from 1921 and 1922. Volume 2 contains a scrapbook of Company F, 24th Regiment ranging from 1877 to 1931 and includes general orders of the Evansville Light Guard Army; postcards, tickets, ribbons, letters, and news clippings regarding the 24th Regiment's reunions; the roster of Company F of the 24th; "The Vicksburg Campaign" by Lewis B. Jessup; "Lessons" from John W. Rogers; and a 1911 reunion photo. The third volume is a scrapbook inscribed, "A book for children of all ages. To Mr. and Mrs. William Warren, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. This book is lovingly dedicated by August Leich, Evansville, Indiana September 15, 1920." It contains newspaper clippings of historical sketches of the 24th Regiment compiled by August Leich and other clippings about the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. The second part of the album contains clippings of pictures of passenger ships and European locales. There are also newspapers regarding veterans, ranging from 1917 to 1929, in an oversize folder (OBC052).


  • 1877-1931


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

August Leich was born on July 13, 1842 in Westphalia, Germany to Johann Heinrich and Johanne Leich. He Immigrated to the United States in 1849. He married Mathilda (1863-1963) on January 12, 1889 and they had three children: Royal (1890-1952), Armin (1891-1962), and Gretchen (1899-1984). Leich served in Company F, 24th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment as principal musician. He was a Republican Indiana State Senator and was a charter member of the Farragut Post, No. 27, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) in Evansville, Indiana. Leich died on February 18, 1922. Sources: "August Leich." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 6, 2016. "August Leich." Indiana Marriages. Accessed June 6, 2016.

"August Leich dies After a Long Illness." Evansville Courier (IN), February 19, 1922. "August Leich." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed June 6, 2016.


0.21 Cubic Feet (4 folders, 1 large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/06/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2023/09/18 by Brittany Kropf.
August Leich 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.