William St. Clair Letter
Date: November 8, 1861
Accession Number: 990302B
Description: One file folder in a document case

Content and Scope of the Collection

This collection contains a Civil War letter written in two parts by William St. Clair from his camp in Calhoun, Kentucky, on November 8, 1861. The first section of the letter is addressed to his cousin Hattie (Harriet Frances Carico); the second section of the letter is addressed to his cousin Lib (Sarah Elizabeth Carico). Both cousins were from Terre Haute, Indiana, and the daughters of Cynthia Evaline St. Clair Carico. (For an extensive genealogy of the St. Clair family, see the St. Clair surname file in Special Collections.)

According to the St. Clair family records, William St. Clair was born on December 9, 1843, the son of Eliza Jane Evans and Nelson St. Clair who were early settlers in Vigo and Sullivan counties. During the Civil War, William St. Clair was a musician in Company E, 31st Regiment Indiana Volunteers. He served from September 20, 1861 to September 15, 1864.

During the time he wrote this letter, the regiment was camped at Calhoun, Kentucky where they spent much time drilling. The letter describes Confederate looting in the area, the Regiment's location and activities, culinary conditions at camp, and the author's thoughts about serving his country.

William St. Clair died in Terre Haute, Indiana, on October 13, 1918. He was survived by his second wife, Theodocia Fowler St. Clair, and their three children: John William, Albert Eugene, and Sylvester J. St. Clair.

A transcript of the letter along with background information on St. Clair and the 31st regiment are filed in the inventory folder with the collection.