Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Day mss., 1855-1906, consist of letters and papers of Silas J. Day, first lieutenant, Company G, 2nd regiment, Oregon mounted volunteers.

The collection is made up primarily of records, October 15, 1855-May 28, 1856, of Company G, 2nd regiment, Oregon mounted volunteers, of which Miles F. Alcorn was captain. Included are field notes, a muster roll, and a record book of Captain Alcorn for Company G, and a clothing return for Companies D and G. The collection also contains Silas J. Day's commission, April 18, 1856, as first lieutenant in Company G, and for Company D, 2nd regiment, Oregon mounted volunteers, a muster roll of October 15, 1855, at which time Miles F. Alcorn was captain and a return of March 31, 1856, when John F. Miller was captain.

Later items in the collection include reminiscences of Indian hostilities in Oregon, 1851-1855, by James H. Twogood, 1826-1912; a letter from O.S. Pollock to Silas J. Day, November 24, 1902, giving biographical information about her brother, James Pleasant Goodall, a soldier in the Mexican war and in Indian wars of Oregon, and a gold miner in California; a letter, January 2, 1906, to Silas J. Day from John Wesley Hillman, 1832-1915, who commanded the expedition which found the bodies of the Ledfords after their massacre by the Rogue River Indians, giving autobiographical information; and a photograph of Silas J. Day.

Some of the papers are in an oversize folder.

Collection size: 13 items

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