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John M. Flinn collection

 Collection — Folder: S2569
Identifier: S2569

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters written by Flinn to his wife and daughter during his service in the Civil War, as well as his 1862 discharge papers, some army-related documents, and a letter to Mrs. Margaret Flinn dated 1876. Some of the materials are fragile. The topics included in Flinn’s letters include army life, his health, and related matters.

Item Listing:

1861, Aug. 2 Discharge Papers, Indianapolis

1862, June 25 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret and Zora Flinn, Alabama

1862, July 27 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret and Zora Flinn, Stevenson, Ala.

1862, Dec. 31 ADS, Materials lost at Battle of Stone River, Tenn.

1863, Jan. 30 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret and Zora Flinn, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

1863, Mar. 2 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret and Zora Flinn, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

1863, April 8 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret and Zora Flinn, Nashville, Tenn.

1863, Sept. 11 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret and Zora Flinn, Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.

1864, Aug. 21 ALS, John Flinn to Chief of Ordinance, Chattanooga, Tenn. 1864, Aug. 22 ADS, Sworn Statement by John Flinn, Chattanooga, Tenn.

1864, Oct. 24 ADS, Special Orders, Indianapolis

1864, Nov. 10 ALS, John Flinn to Margaret Flinn, Pulaski, Tenn.

1865, Feb. 20 ADS, Ordinance Office, Property Returns Division, Washington D.C.

1866, Jan. 30 ADS, Treasury Department

1876, Dec. 28 ALS, John Greenawall to Margaret Flinn, South Bend


  • 1861-1876

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.

Biographical Note

John M. Flinn was born in Canada, approximately 1833/1834. He lived near Shelbyville with his wife Margaret and his daughter Zora. He joined the army on April 25, 1861 as First Lieutenant in Company V of the 7th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. He then joined Company F of the 51st Regiment, serving as Captain. He was mustered out on Dec. 14, 1864. He died in 1872 at the age of 38.


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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 in 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created in 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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