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O. G. Dunckel papers

Identifier: c-00024

Scope and Contents

This collections consists primarily of Civil War letters from O. G. Dunckel to his family in Michigan. Dunckel's letters describe army life and Sherman's campaigns, but he was much more concerned with family matters and the state of the farm in his absence. Also included are three letters from other members of the Price family serving with Dunckel.

The collection also contains two documents. The first is a contract (1853) between Dunckel and a group of Chippewa Indians living on the Pine River in Michigan, in which Dunckel agrees to plough the Chippewas' land. The second document (1853) authorizes the Indian Agent to pay Dunckel out of their government funds. Both documents were signed by members of the tribe.


  • Creation: 1853 - 1865
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1863 - 1865


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Oshea G. Dunckel enlisted as a private at age 43 in the 14th Michigan Infantry on February 18,1864 and served with his son-in-law, Lewis Price. Their regiment was stationed in Tennessee and Georgia, later joining Sherman's "March To The Sea" through Georgia and the Carolinas. He survived the war.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 4 folders)

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Custodial History

Gift of Chamberlain Memorial Museum, 1952-09-00. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

O. G. Dunckel Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
April 1969
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US