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Irenus McGowan papers

Identifier: c-00160

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Civil War letters from Irenus McGowan to friends in Michigan. In his letters written to Edwin (Ed) R. Havens and his younger brother, Nelson (Nell) Havens he discusses military life as well as the battles of Shiloh and Corinth, the Confederacy's weakness, and the Homestead Bill.

These letters have been transcribed and placed online at


  • 1862

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

Irenus McGowan was a former schoolteacher and served with the 29th Indiana Infantry in Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He also went by the nickname Rene.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

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Custodial History

Gift of Roscoe Havens, 1960-08-16. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

Related Archival Materials

See also the Edwin Havens papers (collection 00016)

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Irenus McGowan Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
March 1965
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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