Inventory

John Kuppenheimer Diary
Dates: July 5, 1861 - February 13, 1862
Accession Number: 900424J
Donor: Vigo County Historical Society
Description: One envelope and one file folder in a flat storage box


Content and Scope of Collection

Born in Baden, Germany, around 1840, John Kuppenheimer immigrated to the United States and was a clerk in Terre Haute, Indiana, at the time he was mustered into the Union Army on June 7, 1861. He served as a private in Company F, 14th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. His military service involved campaigns throughout West Virginia; he was discharged with disability on May 6, 1862.

Returning to Terre Haute, Kuppenheimer became a wholesale and retail dealer in clothing with his brother Berhard. In 1876, he became part owner of the German newspaper, The Terre Haute Banner, with Charles Lustig. By 1880, he was a letter carrier under Postmaster Filbeck. At age 62, Kuppenheimer died in Terre Haute on July 11, 1902.

This collection contains the Civil War diary of John Kuppenheimer (Envelope 1) and a typewritten transcript of the diary compiled by Dorothy J. Clark (Folder 1). The diary includes daily entries which chronicle the activities of the 14th Regiment Indiana Volunteers while stationed in West Virginia.