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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Delos W. Lake papers
    Creator: Lake, Delos W.
    Identifier/Call Number: mssLK
    Physical Description: 2.20 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1865
    Abstract: Papers belonging to American Civil War Union solider Delos W. Lake.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Delos W. Lake papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Leonard Lake, September 1942.

    Biographical / Historical

    Delos W. Lake (1840-1868), resident of Adamsville, Cass County Michigan, joined Co. E of the 19th Regiment of Michigan Infantry in August 1862 in Dowagiac, Michigan. He served with the regiment in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas, taking part in operations at Spring Hill and Thompson's Station, Tullahoma Campaign, garrison duty at Murfreesboro and McMinnville, Tennessee, Atlanta Campaign, Sherman March to the Sea, Campaign in the Carolinas, march to Washington, and the grand review in May 1865. He was mustered out in June 1865.

    Scope and Contents

    Letters from Delos W. Lake to his mother and brother Calvin H. Lake, posted from Dowagiac, Michigan, various camps in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Washington, D.C. One letter of September 1863 is written in verse. The collection also contains a letter to Calvin H. Lake from John A. Dunham of Co. G of the 19th Michigan Regiment, muster roll of Co. E of the 19th Regiment, 1863, August, and farewell addresses to the 2nd Brigade by Col. John Coburn and Daniel Huston. Lake's letters discuss military operations, including Battle of Thompsons Station and subsequent imprisonment by Bragg's Cavalry forces, operations at Cassville and Golgotha Church, siege and occupation of Atlanta, occupation of Goldsboro, North Carolina, advance on and occupation of Raleigh, and grand review in Washington, D.C.; commanding officers, including John Coburn, William Starke Rosecrans, and William Tecumseh Sherman; morale of the troops, war news; camp life (drills, payments, firearms, diseases, and hospitals, etc.).

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In November 2023, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssLK 1-93.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Atlanta Campaign, 1864 -- Personal narratives
    Sherman's March to the Sea -- Personal narratives
    Sherman's March through the Carolinas -- Personal narratives
    Thompson's Station, Battle of, Thompson's Station, Tenn., 1863 -- Personal narratives
    Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Kentucky -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Michigan -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Sources
    North Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narrative
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Michigan -- Sources
    Letters (correspondence)
    Muster rolls
    Lake, Calvin H.
    Huston, Daniel
    Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
    United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 19th (1862-1865)