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Zeigler Family Civil War Letters

Identifier: MS Z1

Scope and Contents

Letters written by Samuel Clark Zeigler during military service in Missouri and Arkansas with the 7th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry of the Union Army in the Civil War. Also included is a letter to John Zeigler from a friend (or possibly a relative) serving in North Carolina. It also contains added background information and photos from Zeigler family members.


  • 1862-1865, with some later additions


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Biographical Note

The Zeigler family arrived from Pennsylvania, settling in Adair County, Missouri in 1859. They lived in the southwestern part of the county in a place later to be known as Zig. Several family members served in the Union Army during the Civil War.


0.2 linear feet

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This collection is organized into four series.

  1. Letters, 1895 Gift of Steve Zeigler, 1864-1865
  2. Letters, 2007 Gift of the grandchildren of Ada Dail Zeigler Eschmann, 1862-1864
  3. Background Information and Photos, 1987 and 1988 Gift of Marvin Dean Linder, 1865-1998
  4. Additional Background Information and Photos. Gift of Marvin Dean Linder, 2006-2015 and undated

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The original letters were a gift of Steve Zeigler in 1985; they are complimented by transcripts provided by Odessa Ofstad. A second collection of letters was donated by the grandchildren of Ada Dail Zeigler Eschmann, Clark Zeigler's daughter, in 2007. Transcripts of the letters were provided as part of the donation. Additional information, including copies of letters, photographs, and transcripts, were donated to the department by Marvin Dean Linder in 1987, 1998, and 2020.

Separated Materials

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Membership Applications for James L. and S. C. Zeigler are in found in the Corporal Dix Post Archives, Grand Army of the Republic in Series 1 under “Z.”

Only photocopies of photographs are retained in folder Z1:3; the prints have been transferred to the Photo Archives (Numbers KP.0034-0036, Zeigler Family file) for proper care and conservation.

Samuel Clark Zeigler Civil War letters, 1862-1998, bulk 1862-1865
Finding aid prepared by Elaine Doak.
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Repository Details

Part of the Truman State University, Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections Manuscripts Repository