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Indiana Commandery of the Loyal Legion records

Identifier: L361

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed and hand-written correspondence, circulars and bulletins, financial records, and book volumes from the Indiana Commandery of the Loyal Legion ranging from 1852 to 1948 regarding Loyal Legion events and memberships. Notable items include correspondence from the Fort Benjamin Harrison's Headquarters of the 11th Infantry, a copy of a bill to U.S. Congress about establishing "a national Lincoln museum and veterans' headquarters in the building known as Ford's Theater," a photo of Josiah Kirby Lilly's plaque, and a map of Vicksburg National Park in Mississippi/Louisiana.


  • 1852-1948


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.

Historical Note

The Indiana Commandery of the Loyal Legion was established as a chapter of the Military Order of Loyal Legion of the United States,(MOLLUS) or Loyal Legion, a Civil War veterans' organization where its members were veterans or those who were related to them. By the late 1920's membership had declined considerably, as most Civil War veterans had passed away. Notable members included Eli Lilly, Josiah Kirby Lilly (Sr. and Jr.), Ulysses S. Grant (Sr., Jr., and III), and Albert P. Smith.


3.6 Cubic Feet (8 manuscript boxes, 5 volumes)

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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 Colonel Oran Perry.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/12 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/12 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid updated by Lauren Patton 2016/11/01.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.