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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L041 (Text) 00000106295736 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI V009 (Text) 77998-7799 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 6 manuscripts boxes, 7 volumes

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Restrictions on Access Note:
The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.:
The collection primarily consists of Davis's official military papers. During Davis's time as quartermaster, the papers include receipts, bills, requisitions, and other documents relating to his Indianapolis based post (1861). As an officer in the field, Davis's papers include official correspondence regarding duties, copies of telegrams to Gen. John C. Fremont, and military inspection reports sent to him while with the 14th Army Corps (1861 -- 1865). The collection also contains correspondence with Davis while he served as commander of the District of Kentucky (1865 -- 1866). Also included are account books for personal items (1868 -- 1870), translation of a German article on the Modoc War (ca. 1875), and printed materials while Davis was stationed as command of the Department of Alaska (1868 -- 1870). Correspondents include: William P. Benton, Will Cumback, Samuel R. Curtis, John C. Fremont, Ulysses S. Grant, Alvin P. Hovey, George B. McClellan, Oliver P. Morton, Lazarus Noble, John Pope, William S. Rosecrans, Winfield Scott, Franz Sigel, James C. Veatch, Lew Wallace, Thomas Wood, and Richard Yates.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library. Manuscript materials cannot be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.
Biographical or Historical Data:
U.S. Army officer.
Jefferson Columbus Davis was born March 2, 1828 in Clark County, near present-day Memphis, Indiana. A lifelong military man, Davis first served with the 3rd IN Regiment during the Mexican - American War, where he was appointed 2nd lieutenant, 1st Artillery, U.S. Army in 1848. Davis was stationed at Ft. Sumter in 1861, when the garrison was attacked by South Carolina Confederates that signaled the start of the Civil War. Following the attack, Davis was briefly stationed in the quartermaster's department in Indianapolis before being appointed colonel of the 22nd IN Regiment. Davis was soon promoted to Brigadier General and commanded troops in Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Jefferson C. Davis is a noted Civil War figure for two reasons: his shared name with Confederate President Jefferson Davis (no relation) and for the murder of his commanding officer Major General William "Bull" Nelson in the lobby of the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Davis was spared a murder charge with help from Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton and Major General Horatio G. Wright due to his experience as a field commander. Following the Civil War, Davis was stationed in Alaska, where he was the first Commander of the Department of Alaska, the de-facto government of the newly purchased land. Davis served as Commander of the Department of Alaska from 1868 to 1870. Following his post in Alaska, Davis once again fielded command of U.S. forces in northern California during the Modoc War in 1873. Jefferson Davis died November 30, 1879 in Chicago, IL. Davis is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN.
Subject: Modoc War, 1872-1873
Indians of North America > Oregon.
Indians of North America > Wars > 1866-1895.
Indiana > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Indianapolis (Ind.) > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Kentucky > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Missouri > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
South Carolina > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Tennessee > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Claims.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Equipment and supplies.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Maps.
Benton, William P. (William Plummer), 1828-1867 > Correspondence.
Cumback, Will. (William), 1829-1905 > Correspondence.
Curtis, Samuel Ryan, 1805-1866 > Correspondence.
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890 > Correspondence.
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 > Correspondence.
Hovey, Alvin P. (Alvin Peterson), 1821-1891 > Correspondence.
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885 > Correspondence.
Morton, Oliver P. (Oliver Perry), 1823-1877 > Correspondence.
Noble, Lazarus, approximately 1826-1879 > Correspondence.
Pope, John, 1822-1892 > Correspondence.
Rosecrans, William S. (William Starke), 1819-1898 > Correspondence.
Scott, Winfield, 1837-1910 > Correspondence.
Sigel, Franz, 1824-1902 > Correspondence.
Veatch, James Clifford, 1819-1895 > Correspondence.
Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905 > Correspondence.
Wood, Thomas John, 1823-1906 > Correspondence.
Yates, Richard, 1815-1873 > Correspondence.
United States. Army. Corps, 14th.
United States. Quartermaster's Department.
Generals > United States.
Quartermasters > Indiana.
Quartermasters > United States.
Soldiers > United States.
Genre: Claims.

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