Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Tuttle mss., 1838-1912, are papers of Elizabeth A. Tuttle, 1823?-1896, nurse and teacher of Colebrook, Ohio, and of Ira Norris Noland, 1844?- , physician, who married Hattie Tuttle, niece of Elizabeth A. Tuttle.

Career of Elizabeth A. Tuttle: born, 1823?; volunteered as an army nurse in the Civil War for three years, September 19, 1862; honorably discharged, September 19, 1865; taught at Mound City, Illinois, 1869-1870; taught at Cairo, Illinois, 1871; died, 1896.

The Tuttle manuscripts in this collection consist of correspondence of Elizabeth A. Tuttle with relatives and friends. The letters deal chiefly with news of family and friends, but there are also a few Civil War letters, 1863- 1865, from Elizabeth A. Tuttle to Hattie Tuttle, a niece. A letter of March 3, 1863, speaks of Miss Tuttle's experience as an army nurse and her going to the battlefield after the battle of Antietam. On May 17, 1863, she writes of establishing a hospital at Harper's Ferry. In a letter of July 22, 1863, she refers to the evacuation of Harper's Ferry by canal boats to Washington and the establishment of the General Hospital of the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg. A letter of August 8, 1864, from Mrs. A.A. Rutherford to Elizabeth A. Tuttle tells of the destruction of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Alonzo Wilson, in letters of November 18, 1864, and March 11, 1865, from New Centreville, Wisconsin, expresses his pleasure at the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and in the former relates his experiences in action against the Indians. A letter of April 23, 1865, which lacks a signature, refers to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Included also in the collection are some letters of gratitude from relatives of men who were nursed by Elizabeth A. Tuttle, and Miss Tuttle's discharge, 1865.

The Ira Norris Noland material in the collection consist of letters to him, 1863-1865, from relatives and friends, dealing with family and personal affairs; his license to practice medicine in Ohio, 1896; his certificate of membership in Company K, 196th regiment, Ohio infantry, in which he served from February 4 to June 2, 1865; his diary, February 25-June 6, 1865; and an unsigned journal of a trip from Cleveland, Ohio, to Brunswick, Georgia, November 24- December 13, 1908.

Some of the papers in the collection are in a folio folder.

Collection size: 119 items

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