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John M. Godown Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0209

Scope and Contents

Included in the papers are diaries, letters, and 25 photographs; also included are letters of several generals and high ranking officers of the American Civil War; Godown's diary is dated 1853-1861; his letters are dated 1861-1865; General Henry Lawton's letters are dated 1886-1899; and the family photographs are dated 1873-1935.


  • Creation: 1849 - 1935


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Biographical/Historical Information

John Godown was an 1849 graduate of Washington College. He served in the Union army during the American Civil War under Generals Grant and Sherman and was a member of the Indiana Infantry, 12th Regiment.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. P. R. Batista.

A Guide to the John M. Godown Papers 1849-1935
Lisa McCown
© 2002 By Washingtonand Lee University
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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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