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John H. Long letter

 Collection — Folder: S2217
Identifier: S2217

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two photostatic copies of a June 24, 1864 letter sent to William Archibald and written by John H. Long while he served at the general hospital at Kingston, Georgia during the Civil War. Long discusses the lodge of the International Order of Good Templars (I.O.G.T.), the movements of his regiment from Camp Nelson, Kentucky to Kingston during the Atlanta campaign, and the establishment of the hospital in buildings the Confederate Army had erected for the same purpose. The original letter was in the possession of Mrs. Walter Long of Pierceton, Indiana when the copies were made.


  • 1864/06/24


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

John H. Long was born in January 1825 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania. In May 1849, he married Sarah McCleary of Stark County, Ohio and they became the parents of three children: Anna E., George L. and James F. The family was living in Kosciusko County, Indiana when John enlisted in August 1862 as a private in Company M, 5th Cavalry, 90th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers during the U.S. Civil War. His regiment took part in the Atlanta campaign and he served as a hospital steward at the general hospital set up at Kingston, Georgia. In June 1865, his company was tranfered to the 6th Cavalry, 71st Regiment and they served until mustering out in September of that year. Following the war, Long served as a representative in the 1867 Indiana General Assembly and was appointed city attorney of Leesburg following its incorporation in 1876. It's unknown whether he received medical training outside his work during the war, but he was referred to as "Dr. J.H. Long" before his death on June 21, 1877.


Items within collection. "John H. Long." Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993. Accessed July 23, 2021.

Armstrong, James W. History of Leesburg and Plain Township. Leesburg, IN: Leesburg Journal, 1914. "Pvt John H. Long." Find a Grave Memorial ID no. 33547137. Accessed July 26, 2021.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume VI, 1861-1865. Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglas, State Printer, 1866.

Indiana Legislator Database. "John H. Long." Indiana Legislator Biographies. Accessed July 26, 2021.!/legislator/1414/John-Long.


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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Walter Long.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/07/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/07/26 by Laura Eliason.
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