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C. W. Ford, 3rd Indiana Cavalry collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2605

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two folders. The first folder has 2 items: a typed roster of the enlisted men and officers of Company H, 3rd Indiana Cavalry and a ledger from reunion meetings held after the U.S. Civil War for Company H. The ledger contains attendance records (which includes the location of living members and notations when members died), meeting minutes and newspaper clippings about the reunions. The reunions were held annually on September 10th from 1890 until 1933.

The second folder has a handwritten history of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry, detailing where the men went and what they did. There is a list of money collected from each company to erect a monument. Finally, there is also a record of actions for the 3rd Cavalry, approximately during 1862-1864: the item is one long document that has been broken into three different pieces. It is a list of the engagements that the 3rd Cavalry participated in with columns listing the type of engagement, companies engaged, location of engagement, date, and numbers killed, wounded and captured. The document starts with July 21st, 1862 and ends with March 1st, 1864. Major engagements listed include South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Richmond and an assortment of other engagements and skirmishes.


  • 1862-1933

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.

Administrative History

The 3rd Indiana Cavalry (also known as the 45th regiment) was originally comprised of 10 companies and sent to Kentucky in October of 1861. In December of the following year, the regiment was split up and companies A through F were sent east and attached to the Army of the Potomac. Companies G, H, I and K remained in Kentucky while two new companies, L and M, remained in Indianapolis for over a year before moving into Tennessee. The right wing (companies A through F) fought predominantly in the Virginia/Maryland region with the Army of the Potomac and participated in the battles at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House, Cedar Creek, siege of Petersburg, and Appomattox as well as a variety of smaller battles and skirmishes.

Companies G, H, I and K fought predominantly in Tennessee and Kentucky, participating in the battle of Shiloh until it joined Sherman’s Army on his March to the Sea where they eventually merged with the 8th Indiana Cavalry.


Turner, Ann. Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts. Indianapolis: Indiana Civil War Centennial Commission, 1965.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from C.W. Ford on 1950/08/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/09/07 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid created 2018/09/07 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid updated 2018/09/12 by Lauren Patton.
C.W. Ford 3rd Indiana Cavalry 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.