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George L. La Forest collection

Identifier: c-00661

Scope and Content

This civil war collection of George L. La Forest includes letters, a copy of an article about the shooting of President Lincoln, a copy of Lincoln's declaration of war, an image of the locomotive L. H. Tupper, the poem "Break the News Gently", a certificate of indebtedness, an advertisement for Peninsular Stove Company, and a ledger about communications received. The materials mostly refer to the New England region.

The Civil Ware materials have been scanned and placed online at


  • Creation: 1863 - 1896


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

Lyman Vanderburgh enlisted in the 77th New York Infantry regiment on September 26, 1861. He re-enlisted as veteran December 26, 1863. He was mustered out June 27, 1865 at rank of sergeant. (His last name is sometimes spelled Vandenburgh). Seth Alden was a private in Company E, 16th Regiment, Maine Infantry. Hiram Kimbell (sometimes spelled Kimball) was a private with Company F, 10th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery.


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The collection is arranged by date.

Custodial History

A gift of Michele La Forest Halloran.

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

George L. La Forest Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Busch
July 2013
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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