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Liberty Warner (1842-1863) Papers - MS 624 mf

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Order of Microfilming

Introduction

The Liberty Warner Papers consist of approximately .25 linear ft. of Civil War era correspondence, dating from 1861 to 1864.

The collection was loaned for microfilming to the Center for Archival Collections through the cooperation of Mrs. Patricia Gardner, November 19, 1991. This register was prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, Center for Archival Collections, November-December, 1991. No restrictions exist on the the use of this collection.

Biographical Sketch

Liberty P. Warner, born May 11, 1842 in Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, was the eldest child of Henry Warner, a Methodist minister, and Jane Elizabeth Wright Warner. He served as a private in Company H of the 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, having mustered in on September 19, 1861 at Findlay, Ohio, at Camp Vance. He was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Stones River, paroled, and then was killed September 20, 1863, at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga. A younger brother, Elliot Martin, born Janury 23, 1844, also served during the war with Company B, 144th O.V.I. Two sisters, Eliza and Mary are also mentioned in the letters.

The Barber brothers (John, George, William, and James) were cousins of the Warners, their mother Herriet being the sister of Henry Warner. Another of Henry's siblings, George Lewis Warner, referred to in the letters as Uncle George, also served in the 144th O.V.I. with Elliott.

Scope and Content

The Liberty Warner Papers is a series of 40 Civil War era letters, written between 1861 and 1864. The collection includes typed transcripts and the original handwritten letters for the entire series of correspondence. Primarily by Liberty Warner, the sequence also includes two letters by his cousin, William Barber, informing the family of Liberty's death during the Battle of Chickamauga, a letter fragment from Milo Caton, the Captain of Company H, and four letters from Elliott M. Warner during his service with the 144th O.V.I.

Liberty Warner served with the 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H, from 1861 through 1863, when he was killed during the Battle of Chickamauga, at Snodgrass Hill, on Sept. 20. His correspondence presents a fairly complete series of communications from his entry into the army through to his death in the service. The early letters describe training and camp life, health conditions, food, and troop movements. As one of several young men from Tontogany, Ohio serving together, including four cousins, William, George, James, and John Barber, Warner makes constant reference to the activities of all mutual friends. An interesting feature of the letters is the use of drawings to illustrate camp life. One of the drawings includes a layout of their tent, complete with name and position of each bunk-mate.

As a typical soldier in the 21st O.V.I., Warner participated in the Battles of Stones River and Chickamauga. Wounded and captured at Stones River, Liberty was parolled and spent some time at a hospital in New Albany, Indiana before rejoining the 21st O.V.I. The letters from Milo Caton and William Barber refer to the action at Chickamauga.

The letters of Elliott Warner cover his activities in Company B, 144th O.V.I. (O.N.G.), including a description of Todd's Barracks, Camp Chase, life and duties at Camp Parolle, Md., and a tour of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The collection also includes three examples of fancy calligraphy executed by Elliott Warner.

The letters were originally transcribed by members of the family possessing the letters, with corrections or additions to the text made by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts at the Center for Archival Collections. When possible, the spelling of the original letters has been maintained, with punctuation added to provide clarity.

Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

LIBERTY WARNER CORRESPONDENCE
1861-1863
Arranged chronologically
More than 30 letters from Warner while serving with the 21st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H, during the Civil War.

WILLIAM H. BARBER CORRESPONDENCE
1863
Arranged chronologically
Two letters to his aunt and uncle, describing Liberty's death during the Battle of Chickamauga, on September 20.

MILO CATON CORRESPONDENCE
1863
Letter fragment, probably to the Warner family, describing Liberty's death in battle.

ELLIOTT M. WARNER CORRESPONDENCE
1864
Arranged chronologically
Four letters written during service with the 144th O.V.I., including detailed descriptions of Todd's Barracks, at Camp Chase in Columbus, Camp Parolle, Md., and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

CALLIGRAPHY
n.d.
Examples of fancy calligraphy executed by Elliott M. Warner.

Order of Microfilming

  1. Liberty Warner to "My dear ones at Home" Mid October 1861 Nicholasville, Ky.
  2. Liberty Warner Oct 18, 1861 Lexington, Ky.
  3. Liberty Warner to "Dear ones at home" Oct 29, 1861 Near Hazel Green, Ky.
  4. Liberty Warner Nov 29 or 30, 1861 Lexington, Ky.
  5. Liberty Warner Dec 1, 1861 Camp Buell, Ky.
  6. Liberty Warner to "Dear Aunt" Jan 3, 1862 Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek, Ky.
  7. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at home" Jan 3, 1862 Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek, Ky.
  8. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" Early Jan, 1862 Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek, Ky.
  9. Liberty Warner to "Dear Brother" Jan 10, 1862 Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek
  10. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" Jan 18, 1862 Bowling Green, Ky.
  11. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" Jan 26, 1862 Camp Jefferson, Bacon Creek
  12. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" March 29, 1862 Camp Van Buren, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  13. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" April 3, 1862 Camp Van Buren, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  14. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" Apr. 19, 1862 Camp Taylor, Huntsville, Ala.
  15. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" May 30, 1862 Athens, Ala.
  16. Liberty Warner to "Parents, Brother & Sisters" Early July, 1862 Elk River, Tenn.
  17. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" July 14, 1862 Athens, Ala.
  18. Liberty Warner to "Uncle, Aunt & Cousins" Nov 12, 1862 Nashville, Tenn.
  19. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" Nov 13, 1862 Nashville, Tenn.
  20. George W. Barber to "Dear Aunt" Nov. 21, 1862 Nashville, Tenn.
  21. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" Nov. 30, 1862 Nashville, Tenn.
  22. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" Dec 15, 1862 Camp Hamilton, Nashville
  23. Liberty Warner Jan 31, 1863 New Albany, [Ind.], Hospital No.6
  24. Liberty Warner Early Feb 1863 New Albany, Ind., Hospital No. 6
  25. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" Feb 8, 1863 New Albany, Hospital No.6
  26. Liberty Warner Feb 10, 1863 New Albany, Ind.
  27. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" March 27, 1863 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  28. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" May 4, 1863 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  29. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" May 21, 1863 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  30. Liberty Warner June 1, 1863 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  31. Liberty Warner to "Dear friends at home" June 10, 1863 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  32. Liberty Warner July 3, 1863 Elk River, Tenn.
  33. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" July 29, 1863 Decherd Station, Tenn.
  34. Liberty Warner to "Dear Friends" Aug 17, 1863 Decherd, Tenn.
  35. William Barber to "Dear Uncle Henry Oct 3, 1863 Chattanooga, Tenn.
  36. William Barber to "Dear Uncle" Dec 7, 1863 Chattanooga, Tenn.
  37. Milo Caton Late 1863 Chattanooga, Tenn.?
  38. Elliott M. Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" May 1864 Columbus, Ohio
  39. Elliott M. Warner to "Dear Friends at Home" June 4, 1864 Camp Parole, Annapolis, Md.
  40. Elliott M. Warner to "Dear Friends at Home," June 25, 1864 Camp Parole, Annapolis, Md.
  41. Elliott M. Warner to "Dear Sister," July 21, 1864 Washington, D.C.
  42. Calligraphy, n.d.

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