Arthur W. Gray Letter
Date: December 17, 1864
Accession Number: 990302C
Donor: Nellie Sampson
Description: One file folder in a document case

Content and Scope of the Collection

This collection contains a Civil War letter written by Arthur W. Gray from Morganza, Louisiana, on December 17, 1864 to his wife, Mary C. Gray, in Orleans (Orange County), Indiana. Gray was mustered into the 24th Regiment Indiana Volunteers on May 14, 1862 as Assistant Surgeon. He was eventually promoted to Surgeon on September 28, 1863 and was given an honorable discharge on December 3, 1864.

At the time he wrote this letter, Gray had already been discharged and was waiting for his pay. His regiment was stationed at Morganza and participated in various expeditions in Louisiana. Gray refers to the consolidation of his regiment with the 67th regiment (which occurred on December 10, 1864) at Morganza, with the reorganized regiment retaining the name of the 24th Regiment Indiana Volunteers.

According to the WPA index to marriage records in Orange County, Indiana, Arthur W. Gray married Mary C. Lingle on September 30, 1847. Gray and his family are listed on the 1860 Indiana Census in Orleans (Orange County). He was born in Indiana (circa 1827), his wife Mary was from Ohio, and his four children (Robert, Addie E., Hannah E. and 2 month-old baby), were all born in Indiana.

A transcript of the letter along with background information on Gray and the 24th regiment are filed in the inventory folder with the collection.