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Ben Keelor letter and obituary

 Collection — Folder: S2893
Identifier: S2893

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a transcribed copy of a letter from Ben Keelor, Jr. in Chattanooga, Tennessee to A.F. Davis, on November 27, 1863, regarding the account of the battle of Missionary Ridge in which Captain William D. Sering was killed and the accound of his body being returned home. There is also a transcribed obituary for Sebring from January 1864.


  • 1863/11/27-1864/01


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

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 D. Sering was born circa 1832 to Isaac M. and Naomi Sebring of Liberty, Union County, Indiana. His father was a cabinetmaker while William and his older brother, Samuel, were farmers. He joined the Union Army during the American Civil War and rose to a rank of captain in the 15th Indiana Regiment, Company I. He was shot in the chest during the Battle of Missionary Ridge on November 25th, 1863, while leading a charge uphill. Sering stated “My god” and fell dead instantly, according to the letter in this collection. Company I and the rest of the 15th Indiana later took the ridge and Sering’s body was delivered back home.


Items in the collection.

FamilySearch. "Wm. Sering." United States Census, 1850. Accessed November 29, 2023.

FamilySearch. "Wm. D. Sering." United States Census, 1860. Accessed November 29, 2023.

FamilySearch. “William D. Sering.” Family tree. Accessed November 17, 2023.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is only one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation in 1991.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processed on 2023/11/12 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2023/11/21 by A.J. Chrapliwy.
Ben Keelor letter and obituary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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