MsC 546

  Manuscript Register

Henry Clay Russell, Civil War Letters

Collection Dates:1861 - 1902
(Bulk Dates: 1865)
20 items,
.25 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: July 2003

Acquisition Note: Purchased in June, 2002. Funds generously provided by the Homer L. Calkin Memorial Fund, created by Mary K. Calkin.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research

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Abbreviations: For an explanation of the abbreviation and dating conventions used in the finding aid, please see Abbreviations.

Biographical Note: Henry Clay Russell was a member of Comany H, 2nd Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. After the war, Russell became a member of the United States Police in the West Tennessee District, and then was a state legislator in Nebraska. There he held the positions of Commissioner of Public Lands and Buildings, Department Commander of the Nebraska G. A. R., and postmaster of Schuyler, Nebraska, in Colfax County. He died in 1902, in Schuyler, Nebraska.

Scope and Contents The Henry Clay Russell collection primarily contains manuscript letters, written by Russell to his sister, Mary E. Russell (Miles) of Crawfordsville, Iowa. Letters describe his military activity, his wounds and living situations, and ask for information about family and friends in Iowa. The majority of the letters are written from Memphis, where Russell spent the final years of the war and then joined the United States Police for the West Tennesee District. Though the stream of letters ends in Memphis in 1865, Russell made his final home in Nebraska, and the collection includes a mourning resolution by Nebraska's G. A. R., issued at Russell's death, and a copy of the Schulyer Sun of July 9, 1902, in which there is a long article about Russell's funeral service.

Box 1



29 June, [Cameron?]
3 November, no location
15 November, Camp Benton


8 September, [Fight?] Hosp[ital]
23 November, [Rienzo], Mississippi


23 February, Pulaski, Tennessee
23 March, Pulaski, Tennessee


3 January, Memphis, Tennessee
31 January, Memphis, Tennessee
[?] February, Memphis, Tennessee
6 April, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
10 August, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
7 September, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
14 September, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
24 September, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
12 October, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
25 October, Office of U. S. Police, Memphis, Tennessee
30 November, 1865, Memphis Tennessee


Manuscript, undated. "We, the undersigned members of the Grand Army of the Republic...."

Memorial and Eulogy, Schuyler Sun, vol. 31, no. 50, July 9, 1902.



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