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Guide to the R. H. Loomis Collection
Wyles Mss 23  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: R. H. Loomis Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1864-1866, 1886
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1864-1865)
    Collection Number: Wyles Mss 23
    Extent: .2 linear feet (1 oversize box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur Oversize
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    R. H. Loomis Collection. Wyles Mss 23. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 1991.


    Royal H. Loomis was born in Oneida County, New York in 1836. By the time he was 25, he was working as a painter in East Saginaw, Michigan, which he then left to enlist in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. He entered the service as a sergeant on August 21, 1861 and joined Company A of the Second Michigan Cavalry. His regiment moved south through St. Louis and down into Mississippi, where they served as part of the Army of the Mississippi. They next moved east into Kentucky, and, in early 1863, south into Tennessee, where they would be stationed for some time. The regiment fought in numerous battles and skirmishes, including the battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. In March of 1864, Royal Loomis joined his compatriots in re-enlisting after the expiration of their initial term of service, becoming veteran soldiers. He also received a promotion to 2nd lieutenant. At the end of that year, he was promoted again to captain. After fighting their last few battles in Alabama, the regiment was mustered out of service on August 17, 1865. The subsequent fate of Captain R.H. Loomis is unknown.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains about 100 Civil War documents of Royal H. Loomis, a Union captain, 2nd Michigan Cavalry, Co. A, including mustering and mustering out rolls, orders, lists of equipment and stores, and discharge papers, the bulk from 1864-1865. Also, an 1886 document certifying Loomis' service in the Civil War.