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Prepared by Maggie Castellani, February 1, 1994; Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, June 13, 2002; Last Updated: June 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1861-1864
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 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 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.
Acquisition Information: 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.
Arrangement: 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.
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