Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Blucher mss., 1864-1874, consist of letters and documents relating to Brevet Major Gustav von Blucher, a U.S. Army officer. The majority of the items are from 1869-1870 and are primarily military orders relating to Blucher's transfers to different postings including: Harper's Ferry, West Virginia; Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Fort Columbus, New York; Fort Kearney, Nebraska; and Fort Randall, Dakota Territory.

During the Civil War Blucher was a captain with the 31st Battery, New York Light Artillery. The earliest document in the collection, September 23, 1864, confirms the consolidation of the 30th Battery with the 31st "...The officers of the 31st will be mustered out and honorably discharged." In addition to the orders etc. noting von Blucher's postings, there are several documents relating to his service on a court martial board from February to April 1870 while at Fort Columbus. The final item in the collection is a guest pass to the Army & Navy Club of New York.

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Purchase. 2005

Collection size: 50 items

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