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27th Indiana regimental history collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2425

Scope and Contents

This collection contains seven items pertaining to the history of the 27th Indiana Regiment and its members who served during the U.S. Civil War, ranging from 1864 to 1926.

The roster lists the names of veterans with their address and remarks. There are columns headed with years from 1885 through 1898, and check marks to show attendance at reunions. Although the book is in poor condition, the entries are legible in ink and pencil. Pages 1 through 99 list the soldiers alphabetically by company. Page 102 lists the officers. Pages 103 through 114 could be a list of veterans who attended reunions. They are listed by companies. Page 114 includes the names of women, Mrs. Della Neal, Mrs. A.G. Fulkerson, Miss Frances Casey, Mrs. J.M. Bloss and Mrs. G.L. Smith.

"Survivor’s Roster, 27th Regiment" is a little booklet published in 1892, which gives the names of veterans still alive at the time. Page 18 is a chart showing the number of those who were killed or died of wounds, and the number of those who died of disease, accidents or in prison.

The hand-written minutes of a reunion meeting held in September 191, written by President E.R. Brown gives the names of the men and women in attendance. On the last of the five pages, MR. Brown wrote: “talked of the days of their youth and imagined themselves young again.”

An undated, 6-page typed roster of the 27th lists the names from Companies A through K, and giving their city and state.

Poem by John G. Wallace entitled “The 27th Indiana” is about the moral men of the 27th. Mr. Wallace was a veteran of Company E at the end of the poem, he lists officers.

The most recent item is a circular and envelope posted on December 29, 1926, from Rich Mountain Post No. 42, Grand Army of the Republic, Lebanon, Indiana. This printed page recommends William P. McKinsey as department commander for the 1927 and 1928 term. A short biography of McKinsey is given, and the document has the printed signatures of 18 men. The envelope is addressed to Comrade Lewis King, Past Department commander, G.A.R., Columbus, Indiana, with the return address of William P. McKinsey, Lebanon, Indiana.

There is also an oversized August 1864 clothing statement with signatures of the soldiers, certified by Captain Joseph Bulsby, and witnessed by Captain William H. Holloway of Company I (OBC170). The form gives the clothing allowance for five years, as established by the Secretary of War. After each man’s name, there are numbers between one and three showing how many of that clothing item he received.


  • 1864-1926

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

The 27th Indiana Volunteer Regiment was organized at Indianapolis on August 30, 1861, and mustered into service for three years on September 12, 1861. Three days later, the 27th went to Washington City. In October, the Regiment was transferred to Banks’ Army of the Shenandoah. They spent the winter at Camp Halleck dear Frederick city, Maryland. They marched into Winchester, Virginia on March 9, 1862, after the Confederates evacuated the town. On May 23, they fought the Battle of Front Royal against the stonewall Brigade.

Other battles in which the 27th participated were: Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Resaca, and Atlanta. They marched to the sea through Georgia and the Carolinas with General William T. Sherman. During this famous march, they reached the end of their three years of service, when they could muster out. The men who wanted to continue serving were transferred to the 33rd Regiment, and served until July 21, 1865, when the 33rd was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky.

The 27th formed a veterans’ organization, called the Survivor’s Association, which met until, at least, 1926.


0.07 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 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.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC170: 27th Indiana regimental history collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/09/06 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/09/06 by Abby Currier.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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