MsC 541


Manuscript Register




Dates: 1864 -- 1865

.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


Processed Date: August 2002


Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by the children of Ena Louise Ackley Adams.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


Electronic material: Box 2


Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.


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Biographical Note

Charles Thomas Ackley was born in Pittsfield, Otsego County, New York on July 23, 1833, the sixth child of James and Nancy Ackley. He moved to Iowa in 1855, where he started a farm about two miles south of Marble Rock. In 1863 he married Elizabeth Thayer of Otsego County New York. In December of 1863, Ackley enlisted in Company B, Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. During his service he saw heavy action, fighting in many battles and participating in Sherman's march through Georgia. He was not injured, though he did contract some illnesses which remained with him for the rest of his life. He was discharged in July 1865. He died at the home of his daughter near Phillipsburg, Kansas on February 13, 1913.

Scope and Contents  

This collection consists of two notebooks and one CD-ROM. The original letters are here, along with transcripts; newspaper clippings; a glossary of terms; a table of the letters with information on where they were written from and the corresponding battles; a brief biography of Ackley and others in the company; muster rolls; an itinerary of his civil war travels; certificates in original and photocopy of his enlistment papers, pension papers, and land deeds; a history of the Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry; and various appendices.

The CD-ROM contains all these documents in digital form in Microsoft Word and Corel Word Perfect.

Box List:


Box 1


Notebook one, containing a photocopy of a photograph of Charles Thomas Ackley; a preface; a brief biography of C.T. Ackley; itinerary, log, and page numbers of Civil War letters of C.T. Ackley; technical notes; errata; and the originals of the letters.


Box 2


Notebook two, containing itinerary; originals and photocopies of certificates; Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil War; brief biographies of some of the men in the company; newspaper clippings; and typewritten transcripts of the letters. Please note: The typed transcripts of Ackley's letters in this book were the first attempts by the Adams family to explicate them. The transcripts attempt to be exact verbatim, retaining Ackley's variable spelling and punctuation. Spelling and punctuation were normalized for easier reading in the Word and Word Perfect versions on the CD and in the final, printed manuscripts.

The numbers given each letter in this book (upper right hand corner of the plastic sheet folder) do not correspond precisely with final numbers assigned to the printed transcripts. Some letters not available at the time the typed transcripts were made were added later, and the sequence adjusted accordingly.


CD-ROM containing images of all the material in the collection in two formats (Microsoft Word, and Corell Word Perfect).


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