Skip to main content

Anson R. Butler Papers

Identifier: MsC0001

  • Staff Only
  • Please navigate to collection organization to place requests.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Anson R. Butler consist of thirty-four items dating from 1862 to 1900. Primarily correspondence written by Butler to his wife while he was serving with the 26th Iowa Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, the letters chronicle his wartime experiences. Most of his service was spent on board the Nashville, a "floating hospital." He writes of the seige of Vicksburg and of the wounded brought aboard the ship. He also writes vividly of the black troops in the battle of Millikinsville.


  • Creation: 1861-1900
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1861-1864


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

"Anson Rood Butler 1828-1901

Anson Rood Butler was born in Gibson county, Indiana, attending public school, by wish of his father who was a Presbyterian minister. He attended and graduated from the Lane Theological seminary of Cincinnati, but never entered the ministry. He was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Saunders, in 1852, who preceded him to the grave. He served as the third sergeant of The 26th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry. The 26th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Two years after the Battle of Milliken's Bend, Butler served as mayor of DeWitt, Iowa, about thirty minutes north of Davenport. He passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. G. Reynolds, at Rock Falls, Ill., on April 26th, 1901, aged 72 years, 7 months and 26 days."


.25 Linear Feet (1 file folder. Shares a box with MsC0002 and MsC0003.)

Language of Materials



Civil War soldier and mayor of DeWitt, Iowa. Letters written to his wife while he was serving with the 26th Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War.

Method of Acquisition

The papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Edith Essig in 1962.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)