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Margaret B. Paulus, Papers of General Robert Huston Milroy compilation

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: V103

Scope and Contents

This collection includes four bound volumes containing typewritten transcriptions of General Robert Huston Milroy’s papers that range from 1854 to 1910. The papers were compiled and transcribed by Margaret B. Paulus in 1965 and include Milroy’s family and military correspondence, newspaper articles, and other documents related to Milroy’s life and his service in the Civil War.


  • 1965


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Huston Milroy was born in Washington County, Indiana on June 11, 1816 to Samuel and Martha Milroy. In 1826, he moved with his family to Carroll County, settling near what is now the town of Delphi. When he was around 24 years old he entered Norwich University, a military institution in Norwich, Vermont, and graduated in 1843 with three degrees: Masters of Arts, Master of Military Science and Master of Civil Engineering. After serving as captain with the 1st Indiana Regiment during the Mexican-American War, he went on to study law at Indiana University and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He married Mary J. Armitage (1824-1904) on May 5, 1849 and they had seven children. He served as a member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851 and was appointed a circuit judge in 1852. He and his family moved to Rensselaer, Indiana in 1854 and there he continued his law practice until the start of the Civil War. On April 24, 1861 he mustered in with Company G, 9th Indiana Regiment and was appointed colonel. He received a promotion to brigadier general in February 1862 and then major general in March 1863. Though his conduct during the Second Battle of Winchester in June 1863 resulted in his being brought before the Court of Inquiry, he was exonerated and continued his service until his resignation on July 25, 1865. Following the war, he was appointed a trustee of the Wabash and Erie Canal and he later moved to Washington Territory and served as Superintendent of Indian Affairs and later as an Indian agent. General Milroy passed away at the age of 73 on March 29, 1890 at Olympia, Washington.


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0.4 Cubic Feet (4 volumes)

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Each volume in the collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Margaret B. Paulus on 1967/05/18.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S0967: Robert H. Milroy letter

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/05/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/05/30 by Laura Eliason.
Margaret B. Paulus, Papers of General Robert Huston Milroy compilation
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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