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Guide to the Laban E. Lindley Letter MSS.2992

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

September 2010

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-09-30T14:31-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Laban E. Lindley Letter

Unit ID:

MSS.2992

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1865 September 10

Abstract:

A letter from Laban E. Lindley, while stationed in Columbus, Mississippi, to his brother telling that he may be mustered out of the 13th Indiana Cavalry, but that if he isn't discharged, he may go out to the Plains and fight Indians.

Preferred Citation:

Laban E. Lindley Letter, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2010

Acquisition Information:

gift of Wade Hall, 2010

Biographical/Historical note

Laban E. Lindley was born in August of 1843 in Paoli, Orange County, Indiana, the eleventh child of William Lindley by his secon wife, Anna Knight Fisher. By the age of 14, he was employed as a clerk in a drug store. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted as a private in the 13th Indiana Cavalry, but was immediately made Orderly Sergeant, and was later made a Second Lieutenant of his company.

After being honorably discharged in December, 1865, he attended college and begain reading medicine in the office of Dr. J.H. Sherrod. He graduated from the Detroit Medical College in 1871, after which he set up his practice in Paoli. He married Anna C. Frazer on 22 February 1871 and the couple had five children: Maggie, William F., Grace, Nancy, Elizabeth and Laban, Jr. He was a member of the Society of Friends while his wife attended the Presbyterian Church.

Lindley died on 10 May 1923, after an illness of a few weeks.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a letter from Laban E. Lindley of the 13th Indiana Cavalry, while stationed in Columbus, Mississippi, to his brother, Milton Lindley, telling him that he may be mustered out of the 13th Indiana Cavalry, but that if he isn't discharged, he may go out to the Plains and fight Indians. He also talks about Columbus being "Old Forest's" headquarters "the most of the time when the rebelion was going on."

The collection also contains photocopies of biographical information about Lindley and the 13th Indiana Cavalry provided by the donor.

Laban E. Lindley Letter Box SC0015 Folder 2992.1