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Lysander W. Tulleys papers, 1861-1864

Finding Aid

Prepared by Maggie Castellani, February 1, 1994
Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, June 13, 2002

1 document case, .33 cubic feet, 11th floor


Biographical Note

Lysander W. Tulleys was born in Frankfort, Ohio, in 1835 and was educated in Ross County. He attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, from approximately 1854-58 and went on to Union College in Schenectady, New York, from approximately 1858-1860. It was here that he obtained the degree of A.B. in classics in the year of 1860. (Three years later, he was awarded an A.M. degree while active in the war.) When the Civil War broke out, Tulleys was a principal at the Yellow Springs High School.

He began his military career in April, 1861 as a high private while in Company F of the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. From this 90-day service, he proceeded to be mustered out into the position of first Sergeant in July 1861. In the fall of 1861, he had advanced to captain and placed in Company D, one of the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. On October 31, 1863, he was mustered out to accept the promotion of lieutenant colonel of the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Tulleys ended his service in 1864, being honorably discharged.

While in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Tulleys took part in the action at Bull Run. During his enlistment in the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he was involved in the Battle of Lewisburg: the assemblage of rebel delegates attempting to take Kentucky out of the union; the battle at Knoxville; and, the fighting at Strawberry Plains, among others. These battles took Tulleys and his men across the northeastern states.

Descriptions of his war experiences can be found in varying lengths through the following sources in the collection: autobiography of L. W. Tulleys (folder 1); brief history (folder 4); interpretation of Tulleys' journal while enlisted (folder 10).

When Tulleys returned to civilian life, he obtained a law degree and started a practice in Xenia, Ohio. Also in Xenia, he met and married Sarah E. Gowdy. He eventually moved to Champaign, Illinois, and was involved in both law and providing farm loans. In 1874, he moved his business to Iowa. It was at this time Tulleys gave up the legal business and concentrated on farm loans and eventually added real estate in 1897. During these years of practicing varied business interests, Tulleys stressed both honesty and integrity as mainstays in his interactions with others. He remained in Iowa until his death in 1928.


Scope and Content

The materials in this collection were donated to the Kent State University Department of Special Collections and Archives by the Harm family, grandchildren of Lysander W. Tulleys, in June, 1993.

The materials concerned pertain to the period of time Tulleys was enlisted in the Civil War, mainly in the Company of the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, from approximately 1861-1864.

Along with written accounts of Tulleys' war encounters, other war items include the following: company fund account items in the form of invoices and receipts; special orders from superiors; profiles (war plans); muster out rolls; and, correspondence. There is also a brief genealogy of the Tulleys and Coyner families, along with two photographs of Tulleys.

The collection is arranged by subject and within each subject, the items are arranged by date. Folders 18, 19, 24, 28, 32, 37-42, and 47 are oversized and are located in the map file cabinet on the 11th floor.


Box 1

Folder -- Contents

  1. Autobiography of Tulleys
  2. Autobiography of Tulleys
  3. Genealogy of Tulleys
  4. Brief history of first enlistment: April 1861
  5. Battle of Lewisburg: May 1862
  6. Battle of Lewisburg: revised copy
  7. Army Journal of Captain L. W. Tulleys, Co. 44th Reg., O.V.I. (in pencil): Oct. 14, 1861-Mar. 9, 1864
  8. Army Journal (in ink): Oct. 14, 1861 to Mar. 9, 1864 [Please note: A reference copy of this journal has been made. Please use the reference copy to read and produce photocopies of this fragile item.]
  9. Interpretation of Army Journal: Oct. 14, 1861-Mar. 9, 1864
  10. Interpretation of Army Journal (revised copy)
  11. Telegram found in Army Journal (in ink)
  12. Receipt found in Army Journal (in ink)
  13. Army Journal: record of accounts: 1861-62
  14. Photograph of L. W. Tulleys, John Telford, and Nicholas Devereaux Badger: Co. 44th Reg., O.V.I.
  15. Photograph of L. W. Tulleys
  16. Photograph of Lt. David King: 94th Reg., O.V.I.
  17. Envelope (Commission and Due charge) when Tulleys was 1st Sergeant of Co. Reg. 44th, O.V.I.
  18. Diploma of Tulleys as 1st Sergeant: July 6, 1861 (Oversize)
  19. Special Orders: No. 12: Mar. 20, 1862 (Oversize)
  20. Special Orders: No. 389: Oct. 8, 1863
  21. Special Orders: No. 150: Oct. 10, 1863
  22. Special Orders: No. 33: oct. 14, 1863
  23. Special Orders: No. 281: Oct. 15, 1863
  24. Special Orders: No. 299: Nov. 9, 1863 (Oversize)
  25. Special Orders: no date
  26. Correspondence: Col. Samuel Gilbert, Com. Officer of 44th Reg. from Governor of Ohio: Nov. 22, 1863
  27. Correspondence: Lt. Col. Flint from Asst. Adj. General Thomas Vincent, War Dept., Washington: Jan 30, 1864
  28. Correspondence: E. L. Townpene, Asst. Adj. General from Lt. L. W. Tulleys: Feb. 5, 1864 (Oversize)
  29. Correspondence: From Col. Samuel Gilbert: Feb. 25, 1864
  30. Correspondence: Lt. Col. L. W. Tulleys from E. C. Merriet, Washington: Sept. 1, 1866
  31. Plans/Profiles: Profile for breastwork and ditch for entrenchment
  32. Plans/Profiles: Profiles for breastwork and ditch for entrenchment (Oversize)
  33. Plans/Profiles: Profile
  34. Plans/Profiles: Profile
  35. Plans/Profiles: Profile
  36. Plans/Profiles: Profile
  37. Muster-Out Rolls: Sept. 5, 1861 (Oversize)
  38. Muster-Out Rolls: Sept. 5, 1861 (Oversize)
  39. Muster-Out Rolls: Sept. 5, 1861 (Oversize)
  40. Muster-Out Rolls: Sept. 6, 1861 (Oversize)
  41. Muster-Out Rolls: Sept. 6, 1861 (Oversize)
  42. Muster-Out Rolls: Dec. 31, 1861 (Oversize)
  43. Reports: Regimental report of number of officers and men working on fortifications: Dec. 16, 1862
  44. Reports: Report of number of men at work on trenches from 44th Reg., O.V.I.: Dec. 16, 1862
  45. Reports: Report of forces employed from 100th Reg., O.V.I.: Dec. 17, 1862
  46. Reports: Report of absentees belonging to 44th Reg., O.V.I.: Jan-Aug., 1863
  47. Reports: List of transferred soldiers to 44th Reg., O.V.I.: Sept. 26, 1863 (Oversize)
  48. Accounts/Receipts: Invoice-paid in full: Apr. 17, 1862
  49. Accounts/Receipts: Invoice-paid in full: Apr. 22, 1862-Dec. 31, 1863
  50. Accounts/Receipts: Invoice-paid in full: Oct. 30, 1862
  51. Accounts/Receipts: Invoice-paid in full: Feb. 2, 1863
  52. Accounts/Receipts: Invoice-paid in full: Feb. 3, 1863
  53. Accounts/Receipts: Company Fund Account: Feb. 8-Sept. 27, 1863
  54. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Feb. 8, 1863
  55. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Feb. 8, 1863
  56. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Feb. 8, 1863
  57. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Feb. 8, 1863
  58. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Feb. 8, 1863
  59. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Feb. 8, 1863
  60. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Apr. 13, 1863
  61. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Apr. 13, 1863
  62. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: June 20, 1863
  63. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: July 4, 1863
  64. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: July 4, 1863
  65. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: July 13, 1863
  66. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: July 13, 1863
  67. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Aug. 14, 1863
  68. Accounts/Receipts: Expense Account for transportation: Oct. 1-Nov. 15, 1863
  69. Accounts/Receipts: Expense Account for transportation: Oct. 1-Nov. 15, 1863
  70. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Dec. 20, 1863
  71. Accounts/Receipts: Receipt: Jan. 4, 1864
  72. Accounts/Receipts: Relief from accountability for ordnance and ordnance stores for Lt. Col. L. W. Tulleys: Nov. 1, 1865
  73. Accounts/Receipts: Audit Notice: Nov. 29, 1865
  74. Accounts/Receipts: Audit Notice: Nov. 29, 1865
  75. Accounts/Receipts: Audit Notice: Nov. 29, 1865
  76. Accounts/Receipts: Letter closing Lt. Col. Tulleys' accountability for property: Dec. 19, 1865
  77. Accounts/Receipts: Notice from Office Commissary General of Subsistence: Jan. 17, 1907
  78. Miscellaneous: Newspaper-Yellow Springs News (Ohio): June 21, 1907
  79. Miscellaneous: Obituaries of L. W. Tulleys and his wife, Sarah
  80. Miscellaneous: Correspondence from Dean Keller to Robert Harm, grandson of L. w. Tulleys and donator of collection: June 11, 1993