O. G. Dunckel Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Dunckel, Oshea G., 1820-1891
O. G. Dunckel papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1863-1865
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 4 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Oshea G. Dunckel enlisted as a private at age 43 in the 14th Michigan Infantry on February 18,1864 and served with his son-in-law, Lewis Price. Their regiment was stationed in Tennessee and Georgia, later joining Sherman's "March To The Sea" through Georgia and the Carolinas. He survived the war.

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Scope and Contents note

This collections consists primarily of Civil War letters from O. G. Dunckel to his family in Michigan. Dunckel's letters describe army life and Sherman's campaigns, but he was much more concerned with family matters and the state of the farm in his absence. Also included are three letters from other members of the Price family serving with Dunckel.

The collection also contains two documents. The first is a contract (1853) between Dunckel and a group of Chippewa Indians living on the Pine River in Michigan, in which Dunckel agrees to plough the Chippewas' land. The second document (1853) authorizes the Indian Agent to pay Dunckel out of their government funds. Both documents were signed by members of the tribe.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1969

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  February 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Chamberlain Memorial Museum, 1952-09-00. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chamberlain Memorial Museum.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 14th (1862-1865).

Family Name(s)

  • Price family, (Lewis Price)


  • Contracts
  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Agriculture -- Michigan
  • Chippewa Tribe
  • Contracts for work and labor -- Michigan

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Collection Inventory


Paper 1853