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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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Civil War Documents, 1864 May 11 - JulyAdd to your cart.
Correspondence concerning the Red River Campaign, Louisiana.
Folder 2: Civil War Documents, 1864 August - NovemberAdd to your cart.
Correspondence from Louisiana, including captured letter to William B. Ratliff, 7th Louisiana, C.S.A., and one from Ratliff about his wife, accused of spying.
Folder 3: Civil War and Postwar Correspondence, 1864 December - 1865Add to your cart.
Correspondence involving Louisiana, including letters from Bluford Wilson, later Solicitor of the Treasury; brevet citation for major generalship; permission to visit Washington, D. C. (October 31, 1865); and a letter from Wright Rives (military aide to Andrew Johnson) to Absalom Baird, on White House stationery, asking help to obtain a Louisiana plantation for Lawler.
Folder 4: Postwar Documents, 1866 - 1884Add to your cart.
Records of Louisiana plantation; correspondence from Bluford Wilson, as U.S. District Attorney for Southern Illinois and later U.S. Solicitor General, including reference to the Whiskey Ring scandal; letter from Richard J. Oglesby, former Governor of Illinois; letter from Orville E. Babcock on White House stationery, conveying President Ulysses S. Grant's support for Lawler's patronage request.
Folder 5: Undated Documents, undatedAdd to your cart.
Biographical essay, centered on Civil War service;  two poems; undated Civil War correspondence, including letter from William H. Emory and card from Edmund J. Davis, later Governor of Texas; photograph.
Folder 6: Land Documents, 1830s - 1860sAdd to your cart.
Legal documents concerning land in Gallatin County, Illinois, property of the Crenshaw family, in-laws of Michael K. Lawler.
Volume 1: Official Report, 1864 February 29Add to your cart.
Details of service from 1861 to date of report.
Volume 2: Official Report, 1864 February 29Add to your cart.
Copy of Lawler's official report (see Volume 1) preceded by biographical sketch.
Volume 3: Official Army Register, 1863Add to your cart.
Inscribed and annotated copy.

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