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Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Hadley, J. V. (John Vestal), 1840-1915.
Materials are in English.
The Hadley mss., 1860-1869, consists of the Civil War letters of John Vestal Hadley, 1842-1915, who served from 1861-1865 in the seventh regiment, Indiana infantry, which was with the Army of the Potomac.
This collection is open for research.
John Vestal Hadley was born October 31, 1842 in Hendricks county, Indiana to parents Jonathan and Ara (Carter) Handley. He served in the Civil War from 1861-1865 in the seventh regiment, Indiana infantry, which was with the Army of the Potomac. Following the war, he was an Indiana state senator, 1869-1872; circuit court judge, 1888-1899; justice, Indiana state supreme court, 1899-1911. Hadley died November 17, 1915.
The letters in the collection were written to Hadley's future wife, Mary J. Hill, and to his brother, Enos Hadley. They contain descriptions of the Battle of Green Briar, 1861; Winchester Heights, 1862; Port Republic, 1862; Bull Run, 1862, in which he was wounded; Chancellorsville, 1863; and Gettysburg, 1863. There is a map of Reynolds' camp, Cheat Mountain Pass, Virginia, at the end of a letter of September 25, 1861, to his brother. Unfavorable comments on McClellan as a general are found in a letter of July 7, 1862. Throughout the letters the activities of other Indiana soldiers are mentioned.
In addition to the 1860-1865 letters there is one of February 7, 1869, written by Hadley to his wife, which tells of a visit to Terre Haute, Indiana, to inspect a new building of the state normal school.
Letters in this collection with some omissions have been edited by James I. Robertson, Jr., and published in the Indiana magazine of history, LIX: 189-288, September 1963.
Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Completed in 2013