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Thomas R. Cornelius letter

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA 1855 Oct 20] 1
Identifier: CA 1855 Oct 20

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a single letter from Cornelius to his wife. Written while he was serving in the Oregon Mounted Volunteers, Cornelius describes his anticipation of impending battles with the "indians".


  • Creation: 1855 October 20


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas R. Cornelius (1827-1899) was born in Missouri, and came to Oregon with his parents in 1845. He enlisted in the Oregon Mounted Volunteers for the Cayuse Indian War and the Yakima Indian War. Later he ran a general store in the town of Cornelius and farmed.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Thomas R. Cornelius (1827-1899) was a pioneer and member of the Oregon Mounted Volunteers during the Cayuse and Yakima Indian Wars. The collection consists of a single letter to his wife written during his military service.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Thomas R. Cornelius at Special Collections and University Archives include: Thomas R. Cornelius letter, CA 1856 Feb 20; Thomas R. Cornelius deposition, CA 1884 Jan 1.

Other collections relating to the Cayuse and Yakima Indian Wars at Special Collections and University Archives include: Cayuse, Yakima, and Rogue River Wars papers, Bx 047.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA