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Rudolph Helmkamp papers

Identifier: MS-SC3767

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of two documents from 1865 having to do with Rudolph Helmkamp’s service in 49th Illiois Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. The first is an order of Lieutenant A. F. Taylor (of the Headquarters of District of Western Kentucky) to Sergeant Helmkamp to lead a detail to escort Confederate prisoners of war from Paducah, KY to Nashville, TN. The second document is Helmkamp’s discharge.


  • 1865

Biographical / Historical

Rudolph Helmkamp (1843-1910) was born in Washington County, IL. He farmed there in 1861, during the American Civil War, when he enlisted as a private in the 49th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Helmkamp later re-enlisted at the end of his three-year term. He was a sergeant when he was mustered out of the service in 1865.


1 folders (1 folder: .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 2 items

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Repository Details

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