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Henry Isely

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Date: Between 1862 and 1865

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: 2010-038.01

Unit ID: 218171

Summary: A photograph of Henry Isely, a resident of Brown County, Kansas, where he owned farm land. In addition to farming, Isely became involved in politics and in 1872, he was elected Township Clerk of Walnut Township, Brown County, Kansas. In 1873, he was elected County Clerk of Brown County and reelected in 1875 and 1877. Isely ran for Kansas House of Representatives in 1882 and was elected by a sixty vote majority. In 1883, he was elected to the Kansas Senate.

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Title (Main title): Henry Isely


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General Note: A copy of a diary written by Henry Isely while serving in Company C, Sixty-Seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry is available at Kansas Memory unit 216633. He enlisted in 1862 as a private and served over three years. Isely tells about the capture of Morris Island, the charge on Fort Wagner, and the siege of Fort Sumter. After the attack at Fort Wagner, Isely developed typhoid fever and was in a field hospital on Morris Island for six weeks. He describes his physical problems resulting from typhoid. Isely recovered and rejoined his company. He participated in many battles and in the end, witnessed the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. Isely was mustered out at Richmond on October 16, 1865.