Irenus McGowan Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
McGowan, Irenus
Irenus McGowan papers
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

Irenus McGowan was a former schoolteacher and served with the 29th Indiana Infantry in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He also went by the nickname Rene.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of Civil War letters from Irenus McGowan to friends in Michigan. In his letters written to Edwin (Ed) R. Havens and his younger brother, Nelson (Nell) Havens he discusses military life as well as the battles of Shiloh and Corinth, the Confederacy's weakness, and the Homestead Bill.

These letters have been transcribed and placed online at

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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

 added biographical note March 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 Roscoe Havens, 1960-08-16. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

See also the Edwin Havens papers (collection 00016)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 29th (1861-1865).


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

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

Personal Name(s)

  • Havens, Edwin R.
  • McGowan, Irenus


  • Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862
  • Homestead law
  • Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862

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Collection Inventory


Papers 1862