Collection Dates: 1862 -- 1887
(Bulk Dates: 1862 -- 1865)
.5 linear ft.
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Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Posted to Internet:October 2002
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David James Palmer was born on November 15, 1839, in Pennsylvania. His parents first moved to Ohio when he was a child and later moved to Washington County, Iowa. Palmer attended the United Presbyterian College in Washington, Iowa. In July 1861, he enlisted in Company C of the 8th Iowa Infantry. On April 6, 1862, he was severely wounded in the Battle of Shiloh. He was sent home, unable to walk and with his left arm completely paralyzed. By July of that year, he was once again able to walk and was commissioned by the Governor of Iowa to recruit a company. He returned to the war as the captain of Company A, 25th Iowa Infantry and within a short period of time was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He served the rest of the war with this regiment, taking part in the siege of Vicksburg and Sherman's March to the Sea.
After the hostilities ceased, Col.
Palmer returned again to Washington, Iowa, and the family farm. In the 1880s
he was elected to the state senate and became a state railroad commissioner.
One of the greatest honors of his life was being appointed to the Grand Commandership
of the National G.A.R. in 1914. Palmer died at the age of eighty-nine, on
November 19, 1928.
Scope and Content
The papers of David James Palmer
consist primarily of transcripts of his Civil War correspondence. He describes
campaigns and battles as well as camp life. Also included is a typescript
copy of a manuscript by Helen E. Livingston, titled "Sing the Jubilee"
which is based on his letters.
Roll call Company A; "Taps," obituary for D.J. Palmer
Letters to his parents, including his "Byography of Capt. Palmer commencing Thursday, January 1st A.D. 1863." Carbon copies of typescript transcriptions
November 9, 1862
December 15, 1862
December 25, 1862, and continuing December 26, 1862
February 27, 1865
March 23, 1865
FOLDERS 2 and 3
Sing the Jubilee: Compiled From the Letters, Diaries, and Papers of David James Palmer Who Marched With Sherman to the Sea, by Helen E. Livingston, Typescript (2 folders)
Letter to his parents, January 3rd, 1863. Electrostatic copy of original letter and photocopy of typescript transcription
Notes; Correspondence, January 1863 -- April 1865; Speeches, 1887, Typescripts
August -- December 1863
January -- June 1864
Correspondence. Typescripts, cont.
July -- December 1864
Correspondence. Typescripts, cont.
January 1864 -- May 1865
December 1864 -- May 1865