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David Moreland, Jr. papers

 Collection — Folder: S2427
Identifier: S2427

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises 17 letters from David Moreland to his brother Henry Moreland in Howard County, Indiana ranging from 1862 to 1865, during his service in the Union army during the U.S. Civil War, regarding his views on the war and politics with mentions of David's family. There is also a photocopied 1905 newspaper article about Justice of the Peace Henry L. Moreland.


  • 1862-1865; 1905


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

David Moreland, Jr. was born on David and Isabella (Long) Moreland in Pennsylvania on January 9, 1827. He married Elenor "Ellen" McClellan (1832–1905) on August 11, 1853 in Wayne County, Ohio and they had 5 children: Florence B. (1854–1928), Leland (1856–1924), Auretta F. (1861–1929), Myrtle Estelle (1873–1956), and Winnifred Z. (1874–1960). They lived in Middleton, Henry County, Indiana where Moreland worked as a day laborer in 1860. He joined Company H, 69th Indiana Regiment as a private on August 19, 1862. He was promoted to corporal, also served in Company C, and mustered out on July 5, 1865. In 1870, the Morelands lived in Miami County, Indiana where David worked as a teamster. Moreland was a farmer in Bourbon, Marshall County in 1880. Ellen Moreland died on February 23, 1905 and was buried in IOOF Cemetery in Bourbon, Marshall County. Moreland married Elizabeth Wilson on November 17, 1909 in Indiana. David Moreland, Jr. died on May 13, 1918 and was buried with his first wife.

Sources: "David Moreland." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." Web: Indiana, U.S., Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865. Accessed July 18, 2022. "David Moreland." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed July 18, 2022.

National Park Service. "Moreland, Jr., David." Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database. Accessed July 18, 2022.

Historical Note

The 69th Indiana Regiment was organized at Richmond, Indiana, and fought the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, on August 30, 1862, against General Kirby Smith’s Confederate forces. The untrained 69th was overpowered and captured almost en masse. They were immediately paroled and sent to Indianapolis. Upon being exchanged, the regiment was reorganized and left for Memphis, Tennessee on November 27, 1862. They were active in the Vicksburg Campaign.

Other states where the regiment traveled were Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama. In total, they were in 11 states, and participated in the battles of Richmond, Kentucky; Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Thompson’s Hill, Champion Hill, Black River Bridge, the sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson, and the capture of Blakely, Alabama, resulting in the surrender of Mobile.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by J.C. EAD finding aid created in 2012/01 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2022/07/18 by Brittany Kropf.
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