Hadley, E. mss., 1862-1864

Collection of Enos Hadley, 1862-1864, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by: Mary McSparran

Title: Hadley, E. mss.
Dates: 1862-1864
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet1 box
Abstract: The Hadley, E. mss., 1861-1888, consists of letters written during and after the Civil War to Indiana farmer Enos Hadley, 1825-1893.
Location: Lilly - Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Lilly Library

Biographical Note

Enos Hadley, 1825-1893, was born on 10 June 1825 near Plainfield, Indiana, to early settlers of Hendricks County. Raised on a frontier farm, he worked as a schoolteacher until he started his own farm in Washington Township. He was a Republican and was involved in local politics as a trustee and commissioner. On 14 November 1850, Hadley married Susan Smith, 1834-1911, whose Kentucky-born parents were also early settlers of Hendricks County. Her brother, William Smith, 1838-1864, of Danville, IN, was a First Lieutenant in the 53rd Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. He was killed in action at the Battle of Atlanta on 22 July 1864. Smith's friend, E. Hunt (possibly Eleazer Hunt, 1834-1901, or Erastus Hunt, 1830-), was also a soldier in the Union Army and knew the Hadleys.

Scope and Contents

The Hadley, E. mss. consists of letters written to Enos Hadley of Hendricks County, Indiana, from friends and relatives fighting for the Union in the Civil War. Most of these letters were written 1862-1864. Prominent among the writers are William Smith, Hadley's brother-in-law, and E. Hunt, a friend. While most letters are addressed to Hadley, also included are letters addressed to Hadley's wife, Susan Hadley (from her brother, William), and letters addressed to other persons.

While most letters were written over a two-year period, the contents of this collection span 1861-1888.


This collection is arranged following original order.


Conditions Governing Access: This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use: Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials. Photocopying permitted only with permission of the curator.

Subject Headings


Hadley, Enos
Hadley, Susan
Hunt, E.
Smith, William


Brothers and sisters
Soldiers --United States --Correspondence.


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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Hadley, E. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift: 2003

Table of Contents

To Hadley, Enos.
1861, June-December
1862, January-June
1862, July-December
1864, January-November