Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
R. Mortimer Buck Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: R. Mortimer Buck Papers,
Creator: Buck, R. Mortimer, 1833-1902.
Inclusive dates: 1850-1909, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The papers consists of business, personal, and biographical materials, and Buck's Civil War diaries.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

R. Mortimer Buck Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

R. Mortimer Buck Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



R. Mortimer Buck (1833-1902) was from Paw Paw, Michigan. He enlisted in Co. C, Fourth Michigan Cavalry as a First Sergeant on August 6, 1862 at the age of 29. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Co. A on February 17, 1863, a First Lieutenant of Co. C on February 25, 1864, and as Captain on January 8 1865, and as such commanded the company from May 24, 1865 to July 1, 1865. He was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tennessee, on July 1 1865. He died on December 8, 1902 and is buried in Paw Paw, Michigan. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes biographical, business, and personal materials. His diaries describe his Civil War experiences describe his march from Detroit to the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, camp life, equipment, cavalry pickets, and fighting at Chattanooga and Trenton, Tennessee, among other places. The 1855 diary is of a trip from Illinois to Nevada. Bookkeeping journals, receipts, and indentures relate to the sale of merchandise in Paw Paw. The Ida Oil Well Co. Treasury book is from Kent County, Ontario, Canada.

A photograph of Buck in uniform may be found in the Clarke Photograph file and two shoulder straps of the rank of Captain and one cap badge should be in the Display Items boxes.

Subject Terms

    • Buck, R. Mortimer, 1833-1902.
    • United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865) Company A.
    • United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865) Company C.
    • Stones River, Battle of, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1862-1863.
    • Chattanooga (Tenn.)--Personal narratives--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Nevada--Description and travel.
    • Illinois--Description and travel.
    • Paw Paw (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    R. Mortimer Buck Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Bookkeeping Journal and Ledger, 1848
    Box   1 F   3
    Business Papers, 1850-1892
    Box   1 F   4
    Diaries, 1855, 1862, 1863
    Box   1 F   5
    Diaries, 1864, 1865
    Box   1 F   6
    Ida Oil Well Company, Treasury Book, 1866
    Box   1 F   7
    Memorandum Book, 1864
    Box   1 F   8
    Miscellaneous, 1865-1909
    Box   1 F   9
    Notebooks, 1853-1861