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Henry C. and Indiana Gale papers

Call Number: RH MS P975


This collection consists of a compact disc with scanned images of letters from Henry Charles Gale, commissary sergeant with the 11th Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War, to his wife Indiana (Clark) Gale. Also on the CD are scans of his regiment's muster rolls and his volunteer enlistment, his discharge papers, Indiana's and her children's pension papers, and other letters from Henry C. to other family members and from other family and friends to Indiana Gale, particularly after Henry's death. Some letters were transcribed, and printouts of these transcriptions are also available with the collection.


  • Creation: 1859-1870s (bulk 1862-1865)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Information contained on the CD in this collection, or any paper copies produced with express permission by the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the written permission of Richard Blanchard. Contact staff at or (785) 864-4334 for assistance if wishing to make copies.

Biographies of Henry Charles and Indiana Gale

Henry C. Gale was born June 13, 1839 in Howard County, Missouri, the son of Henry (1811-1900) and Harriet Amanda (Fenton) Gale (1825-1880). On January 9, 1859, he married Indiana Clark, who had been born in Ohio. They had two children, Amanda Jane and Sarah Catherine.

Henry Gale was recruited in the summer of 1862 and served as a commissary sergeant with Company A of the 11th Kansas Cavalry, stationed out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He saw action in Kansas and Missouri, as well as in Idaho Territory. He was involved in the hunt for William C. Quantrill after the raid on Lawrence, Kansas in August 1863.

According to military records, Gale was shot and killed instantly by Native Americans on July 5, 1865 at Medicine Bow, near Fort Halleck, now part of the state of Wyoming. He was buried at Fort McPherson Cemetery in Nebraska. His wife Indiana remarried in 1871 in Leavenworth, Kansas to William Francis Nichols. She died on February 15, 1920 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was buried in Fort Collins, CO.

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2 folders ; Folders measure 22x37 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS P975

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Joyce Peak on behalf of the Captain Jesse Leavenworth National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2008.

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Henry C. and Indiana Gale papers, RH MS P975, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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