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John Newland collection

 Collection — Folder: S2891
Identifier: S2891

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of two documents related to the military service record of John T. Newland. The first is a copy of Newland’s first discharge certificate from Company E of the 11th Indiana Volunteers after serving a three month term. The discharge is dated August 4, 1861. The second item is a copy of the muster roll for Company D of the 79th Indiana. This document is dated April 1st, 1865. The muster roll lists and describes the men in the regiment, including personal details, enlistment details and notes about their status (living, dead, wounded, etc.).


  • 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

John T. Newland was born on March 12, 1818 in Fayette County Indiana to James and Hannah Newland. In 1850, he was working as a farmer in Jennings, Indiana with his wife, Maria, and their two children, William, aged 4, and Mary, only 10 months old. By 1860, William was helping his father on the farm. John enlisted in the Union Army twice, first serving a three month term and then reenlisting for another three years. He was mustered into the army a second time as a First Lieutenant and had been promoted to Captain before mustering out in 1865. He commanded Company D of the 79th Indiana Infantry. The 79th was formed in August of 1862 and fought in the western theater and participated in the Battle of Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga (where they helped plant the first union colors on Mission Ridge), Kennesaw Mountain, and the Battle of Nashville before being discharged during June of 1865.

Sources: Turner, Ann. Guide to Indiana Civil War Manuscripts, 1965., 1850 US Census and,, 1860 US Census and Civil War Pension records.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection only contains two items.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Gordon E. Jones on 1983/05/12.


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 findign aid
John Newland 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.