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William Shields letters

 Collection — Folder: S2685
Identifier: S2685

Scope and Contents

There are four photocopied letters in this collection, written between 1861 and 1864. The early correspondence from William Shields to his brother, written from the field of battle, refers to Confederate prisoners taken and his company's proximity to the Confederate forces. Shields expresses some concern about resolution of a debt and makes reference to the expected arrival of the paymester.


  • circa 1861-1865

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 H. Shields of Peru, Indiana, was commissioned on April 23, 1861, as a first lieutenant, and was mustered into Company B of the 13th Regiment on June 10, 1861. He was then promoted to the rank of captain on May 10, 1862. He was mustered out on July 1, 1864 when his term expired.


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 from Miami County Historical Society on 1965/11/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/07/15 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/07/15 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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