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Harrison Gleim Civil War Papers, 1860-1891

Introduction

Harrison Gleim was born in 1825. He was raised, educated and began his merchant life in Pennsylvania. In 1860, Gleim relocated to St. Louis. His military career was varied. He initially enlisted as a private in Company G of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry in January 1862; within a few weeks he was assigned as a personal assistant to General Schuyler Hamilton. In March 1862, he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in Company C, 2nd Missouri Light Artillery, where he served as quartermaster. He held this position until October 1862 when he was enrolled as a Major and aide-de-camp in the Enrolled Missouri Militia, assigned to Colonel Lewis Merrill of the 2nd Missouri Cavalry (Merrill’s Horse). This posting took him all over Missouri and Arkansas. In Missouri, Gleim was stationed at St. Louis, Palmyra, Glasgow, Mexico, Warrenton, Pilot Knob, Arcadia, Franklin (modern Pacific), and Macon. In Arkansas, Gleim served with other Missourians at De Valls Bluff, Dead Man’s Lake, Little Rock, Camden, Austin, Quitman, Springfield, and Huntsville. In August 1864, Gleim was reassigned to Company C, 2nd Missouri Light Artillery, once again as a 1st Lieutenant. He was mustered out of the service in January 1865. Gleim located to Tipton, Missouri in 1866 as a member of Maclay and Company and spent the remainder of his life in Central Missouri.

The Collection

The Gleim collection includes general and special orders, telegraphs, and all manner of administrative documents; personal and official correspondence; documents from Gleim's relatives John Maclay, Edgar Maclay and Robert L. McCulloh; Gleim's quartermaster records from Jefferson Barracks during fall 1862; and some newspaper clippings, certificates, and other personal documents. Among the rare documents are Paroles and Countersigns for November-December 1863 in Little Rock, a March 1864 circular advertising for "any trophies of war" including "Indian curiosities" to be donated and sold by the Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair in St. Louis, confiscated Confederate documents and intelligence on the status of Confederate troops.

Rights and Reproductions

All documents are in the public domain. For copies, contact the Maclay Home, phone number (660) 433-2068.

How to Use this Collection

The entirety of the Gleim papers can be browsed chronologically by clicking the "View the Collection" link below. Individual series can be browsed using the dropdown menu. The collection can also be searched by Title, Subject, Series, Description, County, or Date. Many items also have searchable transcriptions.

Additional Resources

Information on Missouri Civil War soldiers can be found in the Missouri State Archive’s Missouri Soldier’s Database. Additional Missouri Civil War military information can be found in the Missouri State Archives’ Missouri Union Provost Marshal Papers. More information about Harrison Gleim and his family is available from the Maclay Home in Tipton, MO.


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