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Henderson collection

 Collection — Folder: S2395
Identifier: S2395

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of correspondence and documents compiled by an individual named Henderson. The bulk of the collection is a 38-page report sent to General Ulysses S. Grant on February 28, 1862 regarding the operations and capture of Fort Donelson. The report was not signed, but from information in the report, it was most likely written by Brig. Gen. John McClernand. Other items related to the U.S. Civil War include a map of the Mississippi River showing communities, railroads and forts located from Cairo, Illinois to south of Columbus, Kentucky and the location of Camp Dresser and Camp Logan; an undated document noting troop movements of Confederates, possibly following the defeat of Fort Donelson; and the reverse side of the document with "M.A. Clark, Paducah, Ky." and "Currier [sic]: Family lives ten miles from P. in Illinois" written on it.

The collection also includes copies of correspondence of early Indiana politicians, including a September 5, 1810 letter sent from the land office at Vincennes and signed by Jonathan Jennings; a September 18, 1830 letter sent to Gen. John Tipton from William Henry Harrison regarding attending an "anniversary of the action," presumably the Battle of Tippecanoe; an envelope posted from Cleves, Ohio August 31, 1830 by Harrison and sent to Tipton at Logansport; and a July 28, 1834 letter, with two typewritten transcriptions, sent by Harrison to Tipton regarding a "vile attack" made upon Harrison and an inquiry into why Tipton hadn't published a refutation of the charges sent by Col. Todd.

The collection also has copies of letters ranging from 1879 to 1885 that were sent to J. M. Dresser of Lafayette, Indiana from John A. Logan; an incomplete response regarding the "Compromise" by members of the Indiana Legislature in 1887, most likely written by Dresser, and a transcription of the response; and a July 13, 1888 letter sent to Dresser from Benjamin Harrison in response to Dresser's telegram of congratulations on Harrison's nomination.


  • 1810-1888

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.

Historical Note

In the summer of 1861, Tennessee Confederates constructed Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River to defend the river approach to Middle Tennessee and Nashville. After the Union Army captured Fort Henry along the Tennessee River on February 6, 1862, Fort Donelson came under siege by the same Union force. The Battle of Fort Donelson took place February 13-16 and resulted in another Union victory that forced the Confederacy to give up control of Kentucky and much of Middle and West Tennessee. Union officers included Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Brig. Gen. John McClernand, Col. John A. Logan, and Capt. Jasper Marion Dresser. Dresser later served in the Indiana State Senate.


American Battlefield Trust. "Fort Donelson." Learn: Civil War Battles. Accessed August 10, 2022.

Cooling, B. Franklin. "Fort Donelson." Tennessee Encyclopedia. Accessed August 10, 2022.

Indiana Legislator Database. "Jasper Marion Dresser." Indiana Legislator Biographies. Accessed August 10, 2022.!/legislator/82/Jasper-Dresser.


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 donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/08/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/08/10 by Laura Eliason.
Henderson 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.