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A collection of letters sent from Robert F. Templeton of Indiana County, Pa. to his mother Eliza Martin who lived in Strongstown, Indiana County, Pa. The collection contains 33 letters that Templeton sent between August 25, 1862 and June 16, 1865. The original copy of this document contained photocopies of the letters, however, the photocopies were of very poor quality, so they have been cut from this digital version. Templeton was a nineteen-year-old farm boy when he enlisted. He writes about camp life, his and other soldiers' illnesses, enlistments and disputes over discharges, and his work as a teamster driving hospital wagons to the military hospitals in City Point, Va. and Camp Parole, Md. He has critical comments about General McClellan, Secretary of War Stanton, the Sanitary Commission, and Harry White (whom he blames for what he sees as incompetence in the administration of discharges in his regiment). The scanned documents in this collection include a family genealogical chart for Robert F. Templeton and his wife, Keziah Patterson Templeton, that was compiled by Carolyn Cox Martindale.




Robert Finney Templeton, military service, Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 67th


The digitized images of letters, photographs, and other items from the White Collection in the “Indiana, Pennsylvania in the Civil War” exhibit are the property of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Pa. These images may only be used for non-commercial, educational purposes under “Fair Use” guidelines. For additional information contact: HGSIC, 621 Wayne Avenue, Indiana, Pa. 15701; (724) 463-9600. Email


The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, PA; White Collection

Civil War Letters of Robert F. Templeton, 1862-1865