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Soldiers Relief Society records book

 Collection — Folder: S2406
Identifier: S2406

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a bound volume containing the records of the Soldiers Relief Society of La Porte County, Indiana ranging from 1861 to 1865. The book was created circa 1894 by Arthur W. Cochran from a 1869 copy made by his mother, H.V. (Andrew) Cochran, a member and assistant to the secretary of the society. The book contains the organization's constitution and an article about the society written for publication by the secretary. During the U.S. Civil War, the society sent a total of 153 boxes to soldiers and the record book notes where each box was sent, the date sent, and what was included. A general summary of box contents and treasurer reports are are also included. The record book was presented to the Reunion Association of the Relief Society by Mrs. Cochran and contains her October 10, 1894 handwritten note verifying the accuracy of the information contained in the volume.


  • circa 1894


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

On October 10, 1861, Governor Morton sent out an appeal to the women of Indiana asking for assistance in supplying Hoosier soldiers with shirts, socks, blankets, and other items to help make them comfortable and healthy. The women of La Porte County responded, organizing the Soldiers Relief Society on October 12, 1861. The society sent necessities to the soldiers throughout the Civil War, with the last box sent to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on September 13, 1865. The work of women during the Civil War led to the organization in 1883 of the Woman's Relief Corps, an auxiliary of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.).


"Home Page". The National Woman's Relief Corps. Accessed July 12, 2016.

Schultz, Fern Eddy. "During the Civil War, LaPorte County Was Prepared for Battle and on the Home Front." What's New, LaPorte?Last modified September 2, 2009. Accessed July 12, 2016.


0.02 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 Sutton Van Pelt on 1929/12/13.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/07/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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