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Ambrose A. Stevens letter

 Collection — Folder: S3322
Identifier: S3322

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an October 23, 1863 letter written by Ambrose A. Stevens and sent to his father from the Invalid Corps headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana during the American Civil War. He mentions that he had been placed in command of Camp Morton to guard 2,300 Rebel prisoners and that he had his "hands about full." He also mentions the price of butter and cheese and notes that these items are miserable in the local market.


  • 1863/10/23


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

Ambrose A. Stevens was born on September 20, 1829 in Jefferson County, New York to Alexander and Lydia Stevens. He married Marion Frazell on November 10, 1853 and they moved to Michigan in 1856. On June 10, 1861, Stevens mustered into the 3rd Michigan Volunteer Infantry with the rank of lieutenant colonel at the start of the U.S. Civil War. He was promoted and appointed colonel of the newly organized 21st Michigan Infantry Regiment in September, 1862. Wounded at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky on October 8, 1862, he resigned from service due to disability on February 3, 1863. When the Invalid Corps was created, Stevens was commissioned as a major of the 5th Regiment in July, 1863. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to colonel and then took over command of Camp Morton at Indianapolis, Indiana on October 22, 1863. Stevens held this position until the end of the war and was promoted to brevet brigadier general in March, 1865 before being mustered out of service on September 30, 1865. He moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan around 1872 and lived there until his death at the age of 85 on May 23, 1915.

Sources: "Ambrose A. Stevens." Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1961-1865. Accessed February 22, 2018. "Ambrose A. Stevens." Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950. Accessed February 22, 2018.

Soper, Steve. "Ambrose A. Stevens." Men of the 3rd Michigan Infantry, November 13, 2010. Accessed February 23, 2018.

Winslow, Hattie Lou. Camp Morton, 1861-1865: Indianapolis Prison Camp. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1940. Accessed February 23, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Cowan's Auctions in 2012/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/02/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/02/23 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

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