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Michael K. Lawler Papers


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Michael K. Lawler Papers, 1819-1884 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Aaron M. Lisec

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Collection Overview

Title: Michael K. Lawler Papers, 1819-1884Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1862-1865

ID: 1/6/MSS 008

Primary Creator: Lawler, Michael K.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Subjects: Admission to the bar - Illinois - History, Crenshaw, Elizabeth., Gallatin County (Ill.), Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885, Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865, Lawler, Michael K., Lawyers - Illinois - History, Mexican War, 1846-1848., Patten, George Washington, 1808-1882., United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

Forms of Material: Correspondence.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Michael K. Lawler Papers consists of personal correspondence, drawings and official papers from 1819 to 1884.  There are personal correspondence and documents concerning Gallatin County property and Illinois Bar admission, as well as letters, hand-drawn maps, and drawings from the Mexican War, including a handwritten poem, "The Battle of [Monterrey]," by George W. Patten (the "poet laureate" of the Army).  Civil War letters and military documents including an Autograph Endorsement Signed by Ulysses S. Grant, October 13, 1861, and three record books.  Postwar letters including unsuccessful effort at patronage position under President Grant.   One folder of prewar documents concerning the family of wife Elizabeth Crenshaw.

Biographical Note

Michael K. Lawler was born in Ireland and raised near Equality in Gallatin County, Illinois. Admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1844 he worked as a farmer and later joined the army as a Captain serving in the Mexican War.  He continued his career in the army, serving as a Colonel, was wounded at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, was court-martialed and later acquitted for disciplining his men, received a promotion to Brigadier general in November, 1862 and served in the Vicksburg, Mississippi campaign in 1863. He continued to command military units for the extent of his time in the army.

Subject/Index Terms

Admission to the bar - Illinois - History
Crenshaw, Elizabeth.
Gallatin County (Ill.)
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865
Lawler, Michael K.
Lawyers - Illinois - History
Mexican War, 1846-1848.
Patten, George Washington, 1808-1882.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 linear foot

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Michael K. Lawler Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Illinois.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Legal Documents, 1819-1850Add to your cart.
Naturalization certificate; 1842 and 1844 militia commissions; admission to Illinois Bar; powers of attorney
Folder 2: Mexican War Documents, 1846-1848Add to your cart.
Volunteer commission; muster rolls; handwritten poem (The Battle of Monterrey, by George W. Patten); hand-drawn scenes of Mexican War; honorable discharge
Folder 3: Civil War Documents, 1861-1863 AprilAdd to your cart.
Commission, 18th Illinois; muster roll; Autograph Endorsement Signed, Ulysses S. Grant, October 13, 1861; regimental correspondence; poem; steamer pass; penciled map, Battle of Shiloh
Folder 4: Civil War Documents, 1863 May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Vicksburg Campaign, correspondence and report
Folder 5: Civil War Documents, 1863 July-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Correspondence; Army & Navy Official Gazette, August 11, 1863 issue
Folder 6: Civil War Documents, 1863 December - 1864 AprilAdd to your cart.
Correspondence; printed orders concerning cotton trade; printed John A. McClernand report on Vicksburg campaign
Folder 7: Civil War Documents, 1864 May 1-10Add to your cart.
Correspondence from Red River Campaign, Louisiana, involving John A. McClernand and others

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