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The Ingersoll mss., 1861-1864, are letters of Frank Ingersoll, 1838?- , soldier and sutler's clerk in the Civil War, Indianapolis turner and scroll and moulding maker, and member of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Career: born c. 1838; mustered into Company A, 13th regiment, Indiana infantry, from Marion county, June 19, 1861; commissioned 2nd lieutenant, April 1, 1862; commissioned 1st lieutenant, April 20, 1862; resigned his commission, June 24, 1862; in Indianapolis, Indiana, from June 1862 to October 1863 working part of the time at the Fire Department and part of the time as a turner in the factory of Sloan and Burk; clerk for Wiggin and Newland, sutlers of the 13th Indiana Infantry principally at Foley Island, South Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida, October 1863-May 16, 1864; in Indianpolis working at the Fire Department, June 1864; married Belle _______?, August 1864; turner at Spiegel, Thoms & Co., Indianapolis furniture manufacturers, 1867; engaged in turning, scroll sawing and making moulding at 35 East Wabash Street, Indianapolis, 1871; member of firm of Frank Ingersoll & Co., composed of Frank Ingersoll, George W. Seibert, and Walter D. Hays, and engaged in general job turning and scroll sawing, 21 South Liberty Street, Indianpolis, 1872; foreman, Hook and Ladder Company no. 2, Indianapolis, 1877.

Biographical information on Frank Ingersoll may be found in the manuscripts themselves and in the following books: Indiana. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana (Indianapolis, 1865) II: 100-101, 110-11; IV: 237; Logan's Indianapolis Directory for the Year Commencing July 1, 1867 (Indianaoplis 1867), p. 121; Bailey's... Indianapolis Directory, 1871-72 (Indianapolis, 1871), p. 258; Swartz & Tedrowe's Indianapolis Directory, 1872-1873 (Indianapolis, 1872), p. 138; S.E. Tilford & Co. Indianapolis City Directory, 1877 (Indianapolis, 1877), p. 216.

The collection consists of letters from Frank Ingersoll to his father and sisters, Mary H. Ingersoll and M. Selma Ingersoll in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Merom, Sullivan County, Indiana. It may be divided into three parts:

1) July 8, 1861-April 24, 1862, Civil war letters from Virginia and Maryland where Ingersoll was serving with Company A of the 13th Indiana Infantry. These letters describe army life and the engagements in which the company took part, including the battles of Rich Mountain, Cheat Mountain and Winchester Heights. A letter of August 1861 discusses Horace Heffren as an army officer.

2) July 18, 1862-October 14, 1863 and June 6-August 20, 1864, from Indianapolis where Ingersoll was working. A letter of July 15, 1863, describes mililtary preparations in Indianapolis at the time of Morgan's raid.

3) October 26, 1863-March 31, 1864, Civil war letters from Baltimore, Maryland, Foley Island, South Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida, relating to military installations and events around Charleston, South Carolina, and the transporting of sutler's stock.

Collection size: 86 items

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