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Solomon Rice Civil War correspondence

Identifier: MSS-366

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence and other records ranging from 1857 to 1884 relating to the Solomon Rice family of Cass County, Indiana. Most of the letters in this collection were exchanged between Solomon Rice and his wife, Hannah Rice. A smaller portion of the collection includes letters to Mattie Rice from her family and friends. Also includes a photograph of Solomon and Hannah Rice.


  • Creation: 1857 - 1884

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

This collection has been digitized and is available on the Digital Media Repository:

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Solomon Rice was born May 10, 1834 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. He married Hannah Ann Pitman on October 6, 1859 and settled with his family in Carroll County, Indiana. The couple had nine children: William, Gerrard, Martha, John, Emma, George, Solomon, Ann, and Elmer. Solomon passed away on April 13, 1914 and is buried with his wife in Clymers cemetery in Cass County, Indiana.

During the American Civil War, Solomon enlisted in the 128th Regiment of Indiana. His service took him to the south near the end of the war, travelling through Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. His wartime experiences are detailed in his letters to Hannah and his children.


1.4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Jack A. Rice and Philip Purcell on 2016/07/05. Photographs were received 2017/10/10 from the Estate of Jack A. Rice.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/07/26 by Matthew Gorham. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/01 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2016/09/01 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Addition processing completed 2017/10/11 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. Finding aid revised 2017/10/11 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

Solomon Rice Civil War correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA