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Straight mss., 1864-1881

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Straight, David Evander, 1832-1902

Straight mss., 1864-1881

Collection No.
LMC 2498

32 items

Materials are in English.

The Straight mss., 1864-1881, consists primarily of documents and papers relating to Captain David Evander Straight, 1832-1902, and the 100th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, in the Civil War.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Captain David Evander Straight, 1832-1902, was born in Charlotte, New York, August 18, 1832. In the mid-1850s, he attended Michigan State University then moved to Illinois with his brothers to farm and do carpentry. He married Mary Ann (Annie) Cassidy in 1858; they had four children.

At the commencement of the Civil War in 1861, David Straight joined the 129th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to Captain in 1864 and given command of Company I, 100th United States Colored Infantry shortly after that regiment was organized in Kentucky. The primary service of the regiment was to provide guard duty for Nashville, Tennessee and the Northwestern Railroad until December 26, 1865, when they were mustered out or disassembled at Beuton Barracks in St. Louis. During their service in Tennessee the regiment was involved in the Battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864, one of the last major engagements of the Civil War.


The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content Note

The Straight mss., 1864-1881, consists primarily of documents and papers relating to Captain David Evander Straight, 1832-1902, and the 100th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, in the Civil War. The majority of the items in the collection are official inventories and reports of equipment and supplies of Captain Straight and other members of the regiment, many of which originated when the regiment was at Beuton Barracks outside of St. Louis, Missouri, November-December 1865. Among the items in this collection are clothing receipt rolls that include the names of the soldiers. Also present is one letter, dated July 16, 1865, special orders sent to Captain Straight for 1864-1865, and a pension certificate and voucher dated 1881. Seven empty envelopes and a theatre announcement for "Jim the Penman," written by Sir Charles Young, complete the collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2004
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Straight mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Collection

Folder 1 1864-1865, June 

(8 items)

1864, June 30.  Inventory of ordnance on hand [image]View item(s)

1865, Jan. 5.  Ordnance issued to recruits [image]View item(s)

1865, Jan. 25.  List of ordnance found on the battlefield. [image]View item(s)

1865, May 23.  Envelope

Inscribed "Return of Ordnance...for the 4th Qu December 31st 1864. Forwarded May 23, 1865"

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1865, May 26.  "General Special Orders for 1864 and 1865 appertaining to Co. I 100th U.S.C. Infantry" [image]View item(s)

1865, June 1.  Unserviceable ordnance and ordnance stores

(2 copies)

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1865, June 15.  Blank report form of enlisted men employed as servants. [image]View item(s)

Folder 2 1865, July-Nov. 

(9 items)

1865, July 16.  Letter from Bvt. Major (H.A. Nuton?) [image]View item(s)

1865, Aug. 1.  Bi-monthly ordnance report [image]View item(s)

1865, Sept. 20.  Receipt from Quartermaster General's Office [image]View item(s)

1865, Nov. 10.  Clothing receipt roll [image]View item(s)

1865, Nov. 10.  Invoice of clothing, camp and garrison equipage [image]View item(s)

1865, Nov. 13.  Envelope from Adjutant General's Office, postmarked [image]View item(s)

1865, Nov. 14.  Envelope from Quartermaster General's Office, postmarked [image]View item(s)

1865, Nov. 16.  Receipt of camp and garrison equipage [image]View item(s)

1865. Nov.  Inventory and inspection report [image]View item(s)

Folder 3 1865, Dec.  -4th quarter

(9 items)

1865, Dec. 8.  Clothing receipt rolls [image]View item(s)

1865, Dec. 26.  Envelope with inscription [image]View item(s)

1865, Dec. 26.  List of camp and garrison equipage retained [image]View item(s)

1865, Dec. 26.  List of clothing, camp and garrison equipage lost [image]View item(s)

1865, Dec. 26.  Monthly return of clothing, camp and garrison equipage [image]View item(s)

1865  Envelope with inscription, 2nd quarter [image]View item(s)

1865  Abstract of expenditures, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters

(3 items, 1 per quarter)

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Folder 4 1866-1881 

(2 items)

1866, Apr. 7.  Receipt from ordnance office [image]View item(s)

1881, June 27.  Pension certificate and voucher [image]View item(s)

Folder 5 Undated 

(5 items)

Envelope from the U.S.A. Med. Department [image]View item(s)

Inventory of equipment issued.

Names of soldiers included.

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Inscribed "Deceased Soldiers"

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Inscribed "Certificate to practice law...,"

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Printed: Theater production announcement "Jim, the Penman" [image]View item(s)