Jesse Taft Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Taft, Jesse
Jesse Taft papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

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

Jesse Taft was born circa 1818 in New York. He enlisted as a Private on 1 December 1862 at Algansee, Michigan. He then enlisted in Company C, Michigan 9th Cavalry Regiment on 22 January 1863. Taft was mustered out on 21 July 1865 at Lexington, NC.

He was married to Mary Taft. Jesse Taft died circa 1874.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of Civil War letters written by Jesse Taft to his family during his service in the 9th Michigan Cavalry. Taft served in Kentucky and Tennessee, and with Sherman's command in Georgia and the Carolinas.

These letters have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 1965

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

Revision Description

 added biographical note October 2013

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 Edna Johnson, 1960-04-18. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

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

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1863-1865