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Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3396

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters and transcriptions from Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry and his descendants in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Iowa ranging from 1861 to 2016 regarding correspondence between Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry and his wife, Emeline (Force) Goltry during his service in the Civil War.

These letters offer insight into the everyday life and sentiments of a Union soldier as relayed to his wife at home. References are made to the living conditions and provisions of the soldiers, information on the campaigns of Company C of the 37th Indiana Regiment between 1862 and 1864.

Also included in the collections are the transcriptions produced by Jacob Goltry's grand-daughter Margaret E. Goltry Dillman in collaboration with her sister Beryle G. Goltry Cole and compiled in a book written by great-grandson Charles M. Wright which is included in this collection.


  • circa 1861-2016

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Jacob Fitgerald Goltry was born March 12, 1837 in Steuben County, New York. His family moved to Jennings County, Indiana by ox team and wagon in 1838. Goltry married Emeline Force, daughter of David S. Force and Eliza (Day) Force February 16, 1860 near Hayden in Jennings County, Indiana. The couple had thirteen children. Goltry

enlisted for service on September 18, 1861 at Hardinsburg, Indiana to Company C, 37th Indiana Infantry. His service during the Civil War took him from Indiana through Kentucky and Tennessee to Athens, Alabama. He reenlisted February 29, 1864. After a 30-day furlough at home he went to Georgia where he was wounded at Pumpkin Vine Creek. Goltry was discharged November 17, 1864 at the rank of Corporal and set home on to Indiana on foot.

In the spring of 1865, the Goltry family moved awy from Indiana taking the train to Eddyville, Iowa and from there, traveling by wagon to Cedar Township, Lucas County, Iowa. It was here that he worked as a carpenter and built several homes in the area.

Goltry died on October 15, 1914 and Emeline died 20 years later on November 19, 1934. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery in the town of Russell, Iowa.


0.03 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer OR donation from [Jeanette P. Dillman, Judith J. Dillman Waddle, and Jerry W. Dillman] on 2016/01/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017 February by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2017 February; 2022/02/09 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.