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A Guide to the Mewhinney Family Letters, 1847-1852



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mewhinney Family
Title: Mewhinney Family Letters
Dates: 1847-1852
Creator Abstract: Vigo County, Indiana, resident Jeremiah Mewhinney (1825-1864) served in the 4th Indiana Infantry during the Mexican War. He again joined a volunteer regiment at the outset of the Civil War, serving as a Captain of Company C, 31st Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
Content Abstract: The collection contains letters written and received by members of the Mewhinney family. Most were written by Jeremiah Mewhinney during his service as a member of the 4th Indiana Infantry during the Mexican War. The letters describe military experiences in camp on the Rio Grande and in Mexico, including an account of the battle at Huamantla in 1847. Some of the letters were transcribed by Mewhinney's father, apparently for publication.
Identification: Col 260
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Vigo County, Indiana, resident Jeremiah Mewhinney was born in Ohio in 1825. During the Mexican War he joined the 4th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, mustering in on 1847 June 12 at Old Fort Clark in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Mewhinney served as a private in Company H, a unit comprised mostly of soldiers from Vigo County and known as the Fort Harrison Guards; he mustered out on 1848 July 16 at Madison, Indiana. During his service, Jeremiah wrote letters to his father Johnson Mewhinney and his sister Mary. Returning to Indiana after the war, he married Frances E. Carter in Vigo County on 1849 April 15. The couple had three children: James H., Hannah R., and Lucinda C. Mewhinney again joined a volunteer regiment at the outset of the Civil War, serving as a Captain of Company C, 31st Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh (1862 April 6-7) and died of disease in Chicago, Illinois, on 1864 June 24.

References

Beckwith, H. W. History of Vigo and Parke Counties, Together with Historic Notes on the Wabash Valley. Chicago: H. H. Hill and N. Iddings, 1880.

Van Horne, Thomas B. History of the Army of the Cumberland: Its Organization, Campaigns, and Battles. Cincinnati, Ohio: Robert Clarke and Co., 1875.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains letters received by members of the Mewhinney family, of Vigo County, Indiana. Most of the letters were written by Jeremiah Mewhinney during his service as a volunteer in the Mexican War. The letters describe his war experiences, which included time in camp on the Rio Grande in Texas and campaigns that took him to Veracruz, Jalapa, Huamantla, and Puebla. Some of the letters were transcribed in edited form by Mewhinney's father, apparently for publication. Other letters are from other soldiers acquainted with the Mewhinney family and one is from another family member, written from Illinois.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Mewhinney family.
Mewhinney, Jeremiah.
Mewhinney, Johnson.
Organizations
United States. Army--Military life.
United States. Army. Indiana Volunteers, 4th.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns--Mexico--Sources.
Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
Locations
Mexico.
Vigo County (Ind.)
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mewhinney Family Letters, 1847-1852, Col 260, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Marjorie Johns, 1981 June.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1992 September.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 February.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Mewhinney Family Letters, 1847-1852

The items are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Fort Clark, Indiana, to Father and Mother, 1847 June 23.
2 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Fort Clark, Indiana, to Johnson Mewhinney, edited manuscript copy by Johnson Mewhinney, 1847 June 23.
3 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Fort Augdon [possibly Fort Ogden], to Johnson Mewhinney, Riley Post Office, Vigo County, Indiana, 1847 July 19.
4 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Fort Ogden, to Johnson Mewhinney, edited manuscript copy by Johnson Mewhinney, 1847 July 19.
5 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Mear [possibly Mier], Mexico, to Johnson Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1847 August 22.
6 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Johnson Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1847 October 29.
7 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Johnson Mewhinney, edited manuscript copy by Johnson Mewhinney, 1847 October 29.
8 W. B. Brown, Monterey, Mexico, to Johnson Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1847 November 15.
9 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to J. Mewhinney, 1847 November 30.
10 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to J. Mewhinney, edited manuscript copy by Johnson Mewhinney, 1847 November 30.
11 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Johnson Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 January 4.
12 Jeremiah Mewhinney and A. J. Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Mary Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 January 12.
13 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Mary Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 February 25.
14 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Jesse Harkness, Riley P.O., Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 March 1.
15 Edmund Watson, Puebla, Mexico, to Mary Mewhinney, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 March 1.
16 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Puebla, Mexico, to Mary Mewhinney, Riley P.O., Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 March 21.
17 Jeremiah Mewhinney, Sanmarques [possibly San Marcos], Mexico, to Johnson Mewhinney, Riley P.O., Vigo County, Indiana, 1848 April 24.
18 Jeremiah Mewhinney, San Marcus [possibly San Marcos], Mexico, to J. Mewhinney, edited manuscript copy by Johnson Mewhinney, 1848 April 24.
19 Jeremiah Mewhinney, San Marques [possibly San Marcos] Hacienda, Mexico, to Mary Mewhinney, 1848 May 18.
20 Jeremiah Mewhinney, San Marcus [possibly San Marcos] Hacienda, Mexico, to Mary Mewhinney, edited manuscript copy by Johnson Mewhinney, 1848 May 18.
21 Possibly Johnson Mewhinney to David Donaldson, Terre Haute, Indiana, possibly 1848.
22 S. B. Mewhinney, Illinois, to Johnson Mewhinney, Riley Post Office, Vigo County, Indiana, 1852 September 28.