Inventory

Ransom E. Hawley Letters
Dates: 1862-1865
Accession Number: 900424E
Donor: Vigo County Historical Society
Description: Three file folders in a flat storage box

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection primarily contains correspondence between Ransom E. Hawley and his family during the Civil War. The 17 letters reflect periods when Hawley was a student at Wabash College and when he served as a private in the Union Army.

Ransom E. Hawley was born in Putnamville, Indiana, on July 8, 1844. His parents were Sarah M. Hall and Ransom Hawley; he had one brother, Henry Martin Hawley, and two sisters, Emeline Anna and Lucy Elizabeth Hawley.

Hawley graduated from Lane Seminary, but was also a student at Wabash College and Indiana University. During the Civil War, he apparently served under two Indiana regiments in the Union Army: the 78th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company A, and the 115th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company C.

After the war, Hawley became a minister in the Presbyterian church for nearly 50 years. He died in Terre Haute on January 20, 1927 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. For additonal information related to the Hawley family see The Hawley Record (SpC 929.2:H G.C.) and the Hawley genealogy file in Special Collections.

Online Transcripts and PDF Images

Transcripts and PDF images of each letter are available by clicking first on the "Letter" hyperlink below and then by clicking on the page number above the transcript for that page. 

Flat Storage Box

 

 

 

Folder 1

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to parents: Wabash College

Feb. 15, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to parents: Crawfordsville, Ind.

Feb. 24, [1862]

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Joseph M. Ladd to Ransom E. Hawley: Louisville

Feb. 24, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Emeline Anna Hawley: No. 40, North Division

April 7, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to parents: Wabash College

June 4, 1862

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Hawley family: Indianapolis, Ind.

July 29, [1862]

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Sarah M. Hawley: Camp in the field near Greenville, Tenn.

Oct. 21, 1863

 

Folder 2

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to parents:  Bridgeport, Alabama

May 27, 1864

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Sarah M. Hawley:  Bridgeport, Alabama

June 12, 1864

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom and Sarah Hawley to Ransom E. Hawley: Putnamville, Ind.

June 17, 1864

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Ransom and Sarah Hawley: Bridgeport, Alabama

June 24, 1864

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley  to parents: Bridgeport Hotel

 

June 5th

[July 5, 1864?]

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Sarah M. Hawley: Bloomington, Ind.

Nov. 19, 1864

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Sarah M. Hawley:  Wabash College

April 12, 1865

 

Folder 3

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Miss Crawford

Jan. 28th

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Miss Crawford

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Ransom E. Hawley to Comrade Agnew

n.d.

 

 

 

 

Handwritten copy of pages from the book The Partisan Rangers  (published in 1904)

n.d.