MsC 73

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1842 -- 1921
(Bulk Dates: 1860s -- 1880s)
1 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: March 2000

Acquisition Note: The papers of Lot Abraham were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by his son, Frank P. Abraham, in 1962.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Lot Abraham (1838 -- 1920) was born in Ohio. He moved to Iowa with his parents in 1841. Abraham was engaged in farming near Mt Pleasant, Iowa, when he enlisted to serve in the Civil War. He joined the 4th Iowa Cavalry on November 25, 1861. On July 1, 1862, he received a commission and by 1863 had risen to the rank of captain. He returned to Mt. Pleasant after his discharge in 1865. He married Sarah Alden (1841 -- 1888) shortly after his return from the war. Abraham led an active public life, having been a state senator, the Commander of the Iowa Grand Army of the Republic, and a delegate to the Farmers' National Congress.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Lot Abraham consist of one linear foot of manuscripts dating from 1843 -- 1921. The papers are primarily concerned with his service in the 4th Iowa Cavalry during the Civil War. Included are his diaries and military records such as muster rolls, army purchase records, parole lists, etc. Other subject files relate to his civilian life as a farmer and Iowa State senator. There are business papers, family records, and correspondence, as well as diaries kept by both Lot Abraham and his wife Sarah.

Box List

 Box 1

Biography of Laura Nevada Wright Kitchen, by Mary Abraham Wright.

Certificate. Lot Abraham, 1887 -- 1921.

Church membership - M.E. Church, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, 1879.

Clothing records - U.S. Army, 1863 -- 1864.

Contracts and mortgages. Lot Abraham, 1878 -- 1887.

Copy book, 1884.

Correspondence, 1865 -- 1914.

Department Commander of Iowa G.A.R, 1910.

Descriptive roll of company - U.S. Army, 1862 -- 1865. (bound volume).


Lot Abraham:
Typescript, 1862 -- 1864.

1863 -- 1864 (2 volumes).

1906 -- 1910 (2 volumes).

Digitized diaries

Lot Abraham, Sarah Alden Abraham, and Kate Abraham Bourne, 1865 -- 1921.

Sarah C. Alden Abraham, 1864 -- 1881. (First wife of Lot Abraham).

 Box 2

Discharge and commendation - U.S. Army. Lot Abraham, 1862, 1865.

Engraving of John W. Noble.

Essay about Lot Abraham

Estate of John Abraham, 1843.

"Famous Battle Grounds of the United States".

Genealogy. "The Spearman Family," by Mrs. Geo. G. Wright.

General orders - U.S. Army, 1856.

"History of the Good Samaritan Society of Pleasant Hill Community," by Mrs. Geo. G. Wright.

Horse appraisals and purchases - U.S. Army, 1865.

Insurance policy. Lot Abraham, 1877.

Inventory of effects of deceased soldiers - U.S. Army. Lt. E.T.Corner, 1862.

"Jack, or 'Old One Eye.'"

Map. G.C. Van Allen, Henry County, Iowa - Survey, 1864.

Marriage vows and certificate, 1880.

Muster rolls - U.S. Army, 1864-1865.

Newspaper clippings, 1861, 1954, 1962, 1990and undated.

Obituary. Lot Abraham, 1920

Parole list - U.S. Army. (bound volume).

Parole oath - U.S. Army. W.H. Matlock, 1865.

Portrait of Lot Abraham taken as Grand Army of the Republic state commander. Engraving.

Portrait of U.S. Grant. Engraving.

Press release concerning acquisition of the diaries and other materials of Abraham

Railroad complimentary passes. Lot Abraham, 1883 -- 1884.

Receipts, 1864 -- 1865.

Senate roll call - Iowa.

Song lyrics by [W.P. Gornshill?], 1852.

Statements of loss of supplies and stores - U.S. Army, 1864.

Speech for Farmers' Institute at Oxford, Ohio. Lot Abraham, 1898.



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