Collection Dates:1861 -- 1929
(Bulk Dates: 1862 to 1866)
1 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet: June 2002
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collection is open for research.
The collection is open for research.
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James H. Mead (1839 -- 1904) joined the army in 1862, serving in Company E, Regiment 24, Iowa Infantry Volunteers. He later became an officer of the 62nd Regiment of the U.S. Colored Volunteer Infantry, in Companies B, E, H, and K. He was a 2nd Lt. in Company B when discharged from the army in the spring of 1866.
Ellen Kepner Mead and James H. Mead were married July 4, 1866. Ellen Mead (b. 1842) is addressed variously as Elizabeth, Nell, Nellie, Nettie, Ellie, and E.E. throughout the correspondence.
Robert M. Kepner
(1838 -- 1929) was the brother of Ellen Mead. Kepner served with Company G,
7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry Volunteers,
1861 -- 1864. He was wounded twice in the Battle of Corinth, 1862.
The last major correspondent was Adda Mead Bradford. She was the sister of James H. Mead. In 1864 she married Matt Bradford.
Scope and Contents
Mead papers are composed primarily of correspondence, with a small number
of pension records. All material is arranged chronologically. The major correspondents
are James H. Mead, Ellen Kepner Mead, Robert M. Kepner, and Adda Mead Bradford.
There is a handwritten index of the letters in the departmental file.
The Mead papers are composed primarily of correspondence, with a small number of pension records. All material is arranged chronologically. The major correspondents are James H. Mead, Ellen Kepner Mead, Robert M. Kepner, and Adda Mead Bradford. There is a handwritten index of the letters in the departmental file.
and genealogical materials
Biographical and genealogical materials
1861 (3 items)
1862 (25 items)
January -- June 1863 (20 items)
July -- December 1863 (29 items)
January -- March 1864 (31 items)
April -- May 1864 (25 items)
June -- July 1864 (19 items)
August -- September 1864 (21 items)
October -- December 1864 (27 items)
January -- May 1865 (23 items)
June -- August 1865 (20 items)
September -- December 1865 (18 items)
1866 (30 items)
1867 (18 items)
1868 (6 items)
1870 -- 1886 (12 items)
1887 -- 1890 (9 items)
Undated (7 items)