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William R. Hunt letter

 Collection — Folder: S2573
Identifier: S2573

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopy of a transcription of the original Civil War era letter. Both the transcription and photocopy were created before February 1980. The letter was authored shortly after the Battle of Stones River, early in January 1863. Also photocopied are a photo of William R. Hunt, the author, and brief military personnel notes taken from a reference work at Rushville Public Library. The donor, Georgia Hunt Headlee, includes a brief family genealogy, showing her relationship with the letter's author.


  • 1863/01/03


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

William R. Hunt, of Rush County, Indiana, was born in 1837. He enlisted in the army infantry on October 8, 1861 as a sergeant in the 37th Indiana Regiment, Company K. He was mustered out at the rank of 1st lieutenant, probably late in 1864. Hunt saw combat at the Battle of Stones River, December 31, 1862 through January 2, 1863. A short time after the battle, he wrote a long letter to his brother, George W. Hunt, describing in detail the fighting and conditions. William died on June 30, 1913 and is buried in La Fountaine, Wabash County, Indiana at the La Fontaine IOOF Cemetery.

Sources: *Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts (Indianapolis : Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965) *U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line] via


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Georgia Hunt Headlee on 1980/02/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing information is unknown. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/04 by Ruth Bogan.
William R. Hunt letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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