Delos W. Lake papers: Finding Aid mssLK

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
November 2023
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San Marino, California 91108
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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.

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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)

Box 1

Papers 1862-1865

Folder Oversize 1

Printed: Muster roll of Company E 19th Regiment Michigan Volunteer Infantry 1863 August

Scope and Contents

Broadside, printed in color. Formerly enclosed with Delos W. Lake letter to Calvin H. Lake, 1863 August 27 (mssLK 34).