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Elisha C. Beeman collection

 Collection — Folder: S2554
Identifier: S2554

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Elisha C. Beeman's diary containing entries regarding his daily activities, food, and travel while serving in the Civil War (1864-1865, undated), notes regarding Bible passages (undated), and personal account notations for purchases and work done (1869 and undated). Also included are photocopies of the diary pages, a July 6, 1864 military pass issued at Bridgeport, Alabama, three loose diary pages (circa 1864-1865), two letters sent to Elisha from his father on December 28, 1863 and February 12, 1865, two envelopes addressed to E.C. Beeman at Caro (Cairo) and New Orleans (1865), and a page of "Select Poetry" with "Memphis, Tenn., May 26, 1865" printed at the bottom of page.


  • 1863-1869, undated


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 / Historical

Elisha Cragun Beeman was born on August 8, 1838 in Boone County, Indiana to Aaron and Rebecca Cragun Beeman. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War, first enlisting in Company G, 116th Indiana Regiment (July 1863-March 1864), then with Company E, 135 Indiana Regiment for 100 days (May 1864 to September 1864), and then with Company H, 26th Indiana Regiment (November 1864 to November 1865). Following the war, he returned to Boone County and took up farming near Whitestown. He married Catherine Lucas on March 22, 1866 and they had 10 children, two who died in infancy. Mr. Beeman passed away at the age of 81 on November 30, 1919.

Sources: "Elisha C. Beaman." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed March 26,2019.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume IV, 1861-1865 . Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglas, State Printer, 1866.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume VII, 1861-1865 . Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglas, State Printer, 1867.

"Pioneer Citizen Called by Death." Lebanon Daily Reporter (IN), December 2, 1919.


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 donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/03/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/03/26 by Laura Eliason.
Elisha C. Beeman collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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