Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Remley mss., 1857-1907, are primarily Civil war letters from Ambrose Remley, 1836-1917, farmer, who served in Company E, 72nd regiment, Indiana infantry, from 1862-1865, to members of his family and friends.

Career: born, September 25, 1836 on a farm in Montgomery County, Indiana; son of John and Sarah (McCain) Remley; mustered into Company E, 72nd Regiment, Indiana infantry, August 4, 1862, mustered out as sergeant, July 24, 1865; married Minerva Shelby, June 6, 1867.

The letters give an account of Company E, 72nd regiment, Indiana infantry in the Civil War, and mention other Indiana regiments as well as regiments of other states. A letter of October 30, 1863 describes the battles of Chickamauga and Farmington.

Also contained in the collection are some Civil war letters, 1863-1865, from John Murray Nash, -1865, of Ossian, Indiana, to Minerva Shelby, who later married Ambrose Remley.

Nash served in Company F, 130th regiment, Indiana infantry and died of disease at Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 11, 1865.

Collection size: 199 items

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