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William H. Long Civil War letters

 Collection — Folder: S2300
Identifier: S2300

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 5 letters written by William H. Long in 1863 and sent to his wife, Lucinda, in Henricks County, Indiana while he served with Company B, 117th Indiana Infantry during the U.S. Civil War. The first three letters were written from Camp Carrington in Indianapolis in August and September. The fourth letter was written on October 21, 1863 from Tennessee and mentions he's been ill and was in the hospital. The fifth letter sent to Lucinda is undated and written like a poem from an unknown location. The final item written by William Long is undated and not addressed to his wife but written like a song (a chorus of "hurrah hurrah" is written several times through the text) about fighting for the flag that bears the "stripes and stars."

This collection also includes a partial sheet of paper with a prescription dated August 5, 1866 for "Senega root," "Squill," and "Flowers of Chamomile," with the name Thomas P. Seller (a physican practicing in Hendricks County at that time) written at the bottom. One additional item in the collection is a photocopy of an index card containing Long’s Civil War information with the 117th.


  • 1863-1866


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

William H. Long was born around 1840 in Hendricks County, Indiana to Zachariah B. and Eliza Ann (Hayden) Long. He married Lucinda Gentry in November 1861. In July 1863, he mustered into Company B, 117th Indiana Infantry as a private during the Civil War. He died at Knoxville, Tennessee a few months later on November 25, 1863.


Information found within collection. "William H. Long." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 30, 2022. "William H.H. Long." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed March 30, 2022. "Eliza A. Hayden Long." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed March 30, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Leslie Zimmerman on 1966/03/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/04/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/04/05 by Laura Eliason.
William H. Long Civil War letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.