Horace B. Jewell Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Jewell, Horace B.
Horace B. Jewell 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

Horace Benjamin Jewell was born November 12, 1833 in New Hampshire to Charles Adolphus and Lydia Ann Jewell. He enlisted in the 52nd Ohio Regiment, Company K on 26 June 1862. He was promoted sergeant on November 28, 1862 but was reduced to ranks on November 28, 1862.

He was captured on November 4, 1863 and escaped from Danville Prison in Virginia on January 25, 1864.

He died July 19, 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes Horace B. Jewell's Civil War letters to his family in Michigan, written while serving with the 52nd Ohio Infantry. Jewell saw action in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. Captured by the Confederates in 1863 and imprisoned in Virginia, Jewell describes in dramatic detail his daring escape to Union lines. One letter (October 6, 1862) tells of the regimental surgeon giving opium to soldiers before a battle to increase their endurance. Pre-Civil War correspondence includes a letter (July 10, 1853) from Jewell to his sister, describing the agricultural conditions in Indiana.

The Civil War related materials have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-33/horace_jewell.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 1965

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

Revision Description

 corrected regiment information October 2012

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 Harlow Ingall, 1960-06-03. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 52nd (1862-1865).

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Ingall, Harlow
  • Jewell, Horace B.


  • Agriculture -- Indiana

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Collection Inventory


Papers 1853-1864