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George W. Strong Papers

Identifier: MsC0057

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Scope and Contents

Some correspondence from this collection is digitized on the Iowa Digital Library Civil War Diaries and Letters Collection page.


  • Creation: 1862-1868
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1862-1865

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This collection is open for research.

This collection is available on microfilm, which is stored in preservation.

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Biographical / Historical

George W. Strong was born in Oswego, New York near the year 1833. He worked as a farm laborer, a lumber man and a sailor, and as of 1861 was in Michigan. That year, he enlisted as a drum major in the Fifteenth Michigan Infantry Volunteers, where he attained the position of second lieutenant in Company F. In 1863, he went to the First West Tennessee Infantry of African descent as captain of Company H. He served in this company until 1864, when he was discovered to be involved in fradulent practices in the enlistment of African American soldiers. Before he could be arrested, he deserted his company and regiment and escaped. He was never captured, but documents in this collection indicate that he likely cleared his legal difficulties and enlisted in the Iowa Volunteers in 1866.

From: Cowden, Colonel Robert. A Brief Sketch of the Organization and Services of the Fifty-Ninth Regiment of United States Colored Infantry, and Biographical Sketches. Dayton, Ohio: United Brethren Publishing House, 1883. P. 232-233.


0.25 Linear Feet (3 file folders)

Language of Materials



Correspondence to and from the Second Lieutenant.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Harry J. Strong.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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