Alexander Napier Thomas (1839-1904) Papers (KC0169)
In 1862, Alexander N. Thomas of South Bend, Indiana, enlisted into the 73rd Indiana Infantry Volunteers, Company C. His company was stationed near Murfreesboro, Tennessee for most of his enlistment. Late in 1863, Thomas was captured and became a prisoner of war for approximately eleven months at the Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, before escaping to rejoin Sherman's Army in Georgia. At the end of his enlistment, Thomas returned to South Bend, but later moved to Aurora, Nebraska, where he served as mayor and state representative from Hamilton County.
This collection contains letters and documents related to Thomas' service in the Civil War including a significant number of letters written while a prisoner-of-war in Libby Prison. Also included are some membership certificates and notices of election to public office, as well as speeches he delivered as part of his public career. 1862-1904.
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