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Hadley mss., 1860-1869

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
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Hadley, J. V. (John Vestal), 1840-1915.

Hadley mss.,1860-1869

Collection No.
LMC 1432

90 items

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.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2002
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
[Item], Hadley mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Hadley mss., 1860-1869

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