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William H. Munroe Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Munroe

Scope and Content of the Collection

Civil War and other family papers of William H. Munroe and his father, Henry H. Munroe.

War-related materials include a broadside by Billy R. M., “Father Abraham, We Are Needing Our Pay. A Joke,” an 1881 “Chicago Mercantile Battery Re-Union Song,” an 1869 pamphlet containing the constitution and bylaws of the Chicago Mercantile Battery Association, and Munroe’s discharge papers. Letters, 1864-1865, addressed to Munroe from his father and other family members discuss the home front, fighting in Richmond, Texas rebels, and hopes for Munroe’s discharge.

Papers relating to Munroe’s postwar civilian life and the affairs of his family include documents regarding his career as deputy surveyor in Kentucky, will, and pension, together with the obituaries of family members and documents of his father – 1839 appointment to the Connecticut Militia, patent for a rheumatism treatment, will, and obituary.


  • Creation: 1794-1920
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1850 - 1920



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The William H. Munroe Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The William H. Munroe Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of William H. Munroe

Chicago Civil War soldier.

Sergeant William H. Munroe, of McHenry County, served with the Chicago Mercantile Battery from 1862-1865. After his discharge from service, Munroe married Agnes W. Goodwillie in Chicago in 1865, and settled in Louisville, Kentucky where he worked as a deputy surveyor and inspector of customs in a customs house. He died ca. 1916.


1.1 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize box)


Personal papers and documents related to Sergeant William H. Munroe of the Chicago Mercantile Battery and his father, Henry H. Munroe. Correspondence, discharge papers, and two broadsides related to the war are included along with family obituaries, certificates of professional appointment, letters of reference, a last will and testament, and a patent for rheumatism treatment.


Materials arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Collection Stack Location

1 26 4


Purchased from David J. Louy, 2011.

Processed by

Shannon E. Pahl, 2011.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Inventory of the William H. Munroe Papers, 1794-1920, bulk 1850-1920
Shannon E. Pahl
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States