MsC 454


Manuscript Register




Collection Dates: 1879 -- 1891

(Bulk Dates: 1861 to 1863)

.5 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: May 2002


Acquisition Note: This collection was donated to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1986 by Andrew F. Davis' great-granddaughter, Mrs. Charles L. Grannon.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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Biographical Note

Andrew Foster Davis (1829 -- 1891) of Liberty, Union county, Indiana, enlisted in Company I, 15th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers on May 14, 1861. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant September 10, 1861, and as a first lieutenant November 1862. Davis was honorably discharged on October 23, 1863, in order to return to Indiana and serve as an elected official in Liberty. During his period of active service, Davis participated in major battles, such as those at Pittsburgh Landing and Perryville. He was also involved in the siege of Corinth, Mississippi, and battles near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Scope and Contents


The Andrew F. Davis papers consist of one hundred and eight letters written by Davis to his wife Elizabeth Sarah McKee and daughters Orrilla (b. 1853) and Nancy (1856 --1882). Arranged chronologically, these letters date from May 1861 -- October 1863. Davis wrote of such matters as troop morale, slavery, Copperheads, camp life, and battle. He was also concerned with his family's welfare in Indiana and often inquired about family and friends. Also includes a diary, received later, that is believed to be the diary of Andrew F . Davis.



Box List


Box 1



1861 (28 items)

1862 (46 items)

1863 (32 items)

1879 -- 1891 including a photograph, business card, and funeral notice (20 items)

Leather Pouch (1 item)

See also Digital Library  This is a diary, received in 
2012, which is believed to be the diary of Andrew F. Davis.


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