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Frank E. Stevenson papers

 Collection — Folder: S2451
Identifier: S2451

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Frank E. Stevenson's military commission papers ranging from 1882 to 1909 for his service with the McCune Cadets, the Indiana National Guard, and as aide-de-camp to the governor. Other documents related to his military service include an invitation to the February 22, 1887 first annual ball of the Rockville Light Artillery; a circa 1910 document regarding the National Guard Association's recommendations for legislation regarding the National Guard; 4 handwritten copies of the "Report of Service Practice" of the Indiana National Guard Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Hasbrouck, Sparta, Wisconsin; and a December 18, 1944 letter sent to Stevenson by O. M. Fulwider of Indianapolis regarding war strategies he claimed to have sent to several leaders, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and General Dwight D. Eisenhower.


  • 1882-1944


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

Franklin E. Stevenson was born July 26, 1862 at Greencastle, Indiana to William N. and Emma (Norris) Stevenson. His family later moved to Rockville, Indiana. Stevenson was an 1879 graduate of the military department of DePauw University and had served as first sergeant of the Asbury Cadets for two years. He helped organized the McCune Cadets at Rockville in 1880 and served as first lieutenant and drill master. Stevenson mustered out in 1883 and in the fall of that year was placed in command of the newly organized Battery F. The Company later became known as Battery C and he served as captain. Stevenson later served as aide-de-camp for the governor's staff and was promoted to major of the Indiana National Guard. Under his leadership and training, the Rockville Battery was one of the best drill teams in the state. Besides his military service, he also was a dry goods merchant in Rockville and he was married to his wife, Catherine Moxley Rice Stevenson (1863-1946), for more than 60 years. Stevenson died on his 85th birthday on July 26, 1947.

Sources: "Frank E. Stevenson." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed November 18, 2022. "Frank E. Stevenson." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed November 18, 2022.

"Frank Stevenson Dies After Long Illness." Rockville Republican (IN), July 31, 1947.

Pratt, William D. A History of the National Guard of Indiana, from the Beginning of the Militia System in 1787 to the Present Time, Including the Services of Indiana Troops in the War with Spain. Indianapolis, IN: W. D. Pratt, printer, 1901.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

S2585: Frank E. Stevenson collection

Processing Information

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