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Charles Thomas Ackley Civil War Diaries Collection

Identifier: MsC0541

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two notebooks and one CD-ROM. The original letters are here, along with transcripts; newspaper clippings; a glossary of terms; a table of the letters with information on where they were written from and the corresponding battles; a brief biography of Ackley and others in the company; muster rolls; an itinerary of his civil war travels; certificates in original and photocopy of his enlistment papers, pension papers, and land deeds; a history of the Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry; and various appendices.


  • Creation: 1864-1865


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Thomas Ackley was born in Pittsfield, Otsego County, New York on July 23, 1833, the sixth child of James and Nancy Ackley. He moved to Iowa in 1855, where he started a farm about two miles south of Marble Rock. In 1863 he married Elizabeth Thayer of Otsego County New York. In December of 1863, Ackley enlisted in Company B, Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry. During his service he saw heavy action, fighting in many battles and participating in Sherman's march through Georgia. He was not injured, though he did contract some illnesses which remained with him for the rest of his life. He was discharged in July 1865. He died at the home of his daughter near Phillipsburg, Kansas on February 13, 1913.


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Language of Materials



One hundred and eighteen letters from Charles Thomas Ackley, mostly to his wife in Marble Rock, Iowa. Also included are newspaper clippings, brief biographies of some of the men in the Seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and historical commentary.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by the children of Ena Louise Ackley Adams.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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