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Jonathan B. Labrant papers
mssHM 73100-73223  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jonathan B. Labrant papers
    Dates: 1862-1917
    Dates: bulk 1862-1864
    Collection Number: mssHM 73100-73223
    Creator OR Collector: Labrant, Jonathan B., 1836-1928
    Extent: 123 items, also photographs and ephemera
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Correspondence between Jonathan B. Labrant and his wife Mary; also letters to and by other family members.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site  .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jonathan B. Labrant papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Richard Kiltz Miller, January 1973.

    Biographical Note

    Jonathan B. Labrant, Union soldier, was son of Jonathan Leibrandt and Margaret Isenbirgh Leibrandt (Labrant), German immigrants who came to America in 1832. In 1851, the family moved to Pierce Township, DeKalb County, Ill. In 1861, Jonathan B. Labrant married Mary Melissa Wilson. Their first son Charles was born in 1862, followed by Albina (1866), Wilson (1869), and twins Alvin and Calvin (1879). In February 1862, Labrant enlisted in the 58th Regiment, Co. G of Illinois Infantry, and took part in the battle of Shiloh, advance and siege of Corinth, Miss. (June-August, 1862), Meridian Campaign, (Feb.-Mar. 1864), Red River Expedition, Smith's expeditions to Tupelo and Oxford (Miss.), march through Arkansas and Missouri in pursuit of Price (Sept.-Nov. 1864), and Battle of Nashville. In 1863 the regiment was stationed at Springfield (Ill.), Cairo (Ill.) and Paducah (Ky.), guarding prisoners. He was mustered out in Chicago, in February 1865. After the war he lived in Kansas.


    The collection is arranged chronologically. It is housed in two boxes.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence between Jonathan Labrant and his wife Mary Melissa and his parents and siblings (chiefly between 1862 and 1864), miscellaneous letters addressed to the Labrants, photographs and documents. One letter is in German.
    Jonathan Labrant's Civil War letters cover his service in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas, including encouters with fugitive slaves, "black rebels," and Confederacy sympathizers, and discuss military actions, camp life - rations, inspections, drills, etc., recruiting in Illinois in 1863, and war news. His correspondence with other veterans of the 58th Regiment includes discussions of the history of the regiment and current political affairs. His wife's letters give updates on friends and family, local news, and describe challenges faced by a young mother running a household.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Labrant, Jonathan B., 1836-1928
    Labrant, Mary Melissa Wilson, 1842-1923
    Labrant (Family)

    Corporate Names

    United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 58th (1862-1866)


    African Americans -- Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    German Americans -- Illinois -- 19th century -- Correspondence
    Married women -- Illinois -- Correspondence
    Red River Expedition, 1864 -- Personal narratives
    Soldiers -- Illinois
    Soldiers -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Correspondence
    Women -- Illinois -- Correspondence -- Civil War, 1861-1865

    Geographic Areas

    Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Illinois -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Illinois -- Sources
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- -- Veterans -- Correspondence


    Family papers -- United States -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Military records -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Photographs -- United States -- 19th century