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Peter Michels poem

 Collection — Folder: S2645
Identifier: S2645

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a photocopy of a poem called “Shiloh” by Peter Michels. Written and printed sometime after he moved to New Castle, Indiana (circa 1880s-1920s), Michel’s poem has ten stanzas and relates events that took place during the Battle of Shiloh on April 6 and 7, 1862 as remembered by “one who was in that battle two days and was not 17 years old.”


  • circa 1880s-1920s


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

Peter Michels (sometimes spelled Michaels) was born on May 19, 1845 in Coblenz (Koblenz) Germany. He served with Company K, 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He mustered in on November 20, 1861 as a private and mustered out at Vicksburg on September 11, 1865 as a sergeant. Following the war, he moved to New Castle, Henry County, Indiana. He married twice and had several children. He passed away at the age of 84 years old on February 4, 1930.

Sources: "Peter Michels." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed July 10, 2019. "Peter Michels." U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed July 10, 2019.

"Peter Michels." Portsmouth Daily Times (OH), February 20, 1930. Accessed July 10, 2019.

"Peter Michels is Asphyxiated at Home Here." New Castle Courier (IN), February 4, 1930.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Cecil Baron on 1972/11/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/07/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/07/10 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.