Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [Civil War]. Archive of Letters to the Governors and the Adjutant General of Iowa consisting of well over twenty letters and one steamboat manifest spanning the years 1862 through 1865. The majority of the letters, addressed to either Governor Samuel Kirkwood or Governor William M. Stone, are requests for appointments to Iowa regiments that are being mustered in. Other letters contain endorsements from subordinates or, in one case, from a soldier's wife, attempting to get appointments for a third party.

    Beginning in 1863 and through the later years of the war, several of the letters are requests for discharges from service with explanations as to why. One such letter, dated May 29, 1863, from Dominick Heagney, 29th Regiment Iowa Volunteers is requesting a discharge to return home as his wife is ill and dying of tuberculosis. A second, dated December 26, 1864, from Second Sergeant Oliver H. Smith, a former resident of Andersonville Prison, is addressed to Adjutant General Baker requesting his certificate of discharge: "Being in some what of a dilemma and knowing your willingness to aid Iowa Soldiers I write you for Instruction...At the Battle of Missionary Ridge was taken Prisoner, removed to Bell Island, and there remained untill [sic] the 15th of March/64. from there was transported to Andersonville where lost My left hand and Arm below the elbow. from Andersonville was removed to Savannah...and after being paroled...was transported to Annapolis where received Thirty day Furlough with Orders to report at expiration...at Camp Chase Columbus Ohio. I was a prisoner July 15th when time of Service expired...wish to know if there is any possible way of my being Discharged...You will oblige one of your Soldiers who has fought and suffered everything but Death..." Smith was discharged two months later.

    Of note is a letter dated March 1864, from the wife of J. R. Bruce, 4th Regiment Iowa Volunteers complaining that her husband has only "...sent me two dollars last July and I have not had one cent since have had nothing to eat or wear only as my nabours [sic] brought it to me I have a family to do for some of them sick...I lost two children a few weeks ago...my own husband waisted [sic] his money as soon as he recieved [sic] it and here I am with my little famley [sic] and nothing to support them on..." She further requests that she be money from her husband's wages. The letters are lightly toned and a few show some minor ink smudging or foxing.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    11th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 239

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 43 days left to consign to the 2018 August 23 Cartography Signature Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,140,582