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Steamer Allen Collier collection

 Collection — Folder: S2450
Identifier: S2450

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence and documents ranging from 1863 to 1870 related to claims submitted to the United States government regarding the seizure of the steamer Allen Collier at Evansville, Indiana and its impressed service September 7-17, 1863 during the U.S. Civil War. Documents include the steamer’s enrollment form, license, inspectors' certificate, and receipt given at Louisville, Kentucky; correspondence and documents of E. R. (Edson R.) Hart and G. O. (George O.) Hart; and three letters written by J. B. Archer. The collection also includes four freight receipts signed at Evansville and dated from 1869 to 1876 for the Evansville and Cincinnati Regular Weekly Packet, the Memphis and Ohio River Packet Company, and the Evansville and Cannelton Packet.


  • 1863-1876

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 steamer Allen Collier was built by Philips and Son of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1860. The ship was sold in August 1863 to J. P. Archer and E. R. Hart of Louisville, Kentucky and A. H. Hart of New Albany, Indiana. On August 31 of that year, the new owners were licensed and received certification to carry out the "coasting trade" from Louisville to Cairo, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee. On November 7, 1863, the steamer was attacked by guerrillas and burned at Whitworth's Landing on the Mississippi bank about a mile north of Laconia, Arkansas.


Information found within collection.

"River News." Louisville Daily Journal (KY), August 26, 1863. Accessed November 18, 2022.

United States Naval War Records Office, and United States Office Of Naval Records And Library. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Ser. 1, Vol. 25. Naval Forces on Western Waters. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1912. Accessed November 18, 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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/18 by Laura Eliason.
Steamer Allen Collier 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.