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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L098 (Text) 00000106296882 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.6 Cubic feet 2 manuscript boxes

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing and finding aid completed in September 2012 by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid completed on 2017/02/13 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
The collection includes John Godown's Civil War letters to his fiance Francis Fairbank of Lowell, Massachusetts while he was in Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia and letters written from a Confederate prison camp in South Carolina during 1864-1865. Included are reminiscences by Godown of his early life and Civil War years, as well as reminiscences of his daughter Mary Godown McLaughlin, of growing up in Indianapolis.Also included is a field notebook from 1862-1864 and a photocopied letter from the Old Fort News. The notebook includes sketches of battlefields and positions of soldiers. He listed the men in Pioneer Company, 4th Division, 15th A.C. (Artillery Company), dated December 31, 1863, in Scottsboro, Alabama. There is a drawing with dimensions for a bridge. He kept an accounting of finances under the heading: Allen Hamilton and Company. On September 19, 1863, he listed 18 names under the heading: Carpenters detailed.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
John M. Godown collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
John McPherson Godown (1833-1911) was an engineer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana for the Pittsburg, Ft. Wayne, and Chicago Railroad during 1850-1860s. Godown also served as a lieutenant in the 12th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Beginning as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company F, John transferred to Company K as a 1st Lieutenant by August 17, 1862. He served in this capacity throughout the rest of the Civil War and was discharged on June 8, 1865. In 1870, John married Frances "Fanny" Fairbank in Lowell, Massachusetts. The 1880 federal census lists the family living in Indianapolis with their children: Mary D., age 12; Lottie P., age 8; and Katie F., age 6; as well as Johnson Godown, age 80; and Meriam Fairbank, age 70. The census recorded John was 45 years old and Fanny was 35. The census taker misspelled the last name, writing "Godonn" instead of Godown.Following the war, Godown was secretary and treasurer of the State House Board where he was responsible for planning and constructing the new state capitol building.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records donation from Mrs. Mary Godown McLaughlin in 1951/02/16 and Kay Batista in June 1965.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1865)
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Personal narratives.

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