Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Emory W. Muenscher Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Emory W. Muenscher Papers
Creator: Muenscher, Emory W., 1834-
Inclusive dates: 1850-1915, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic feet (in 2 boxes)
Papers include his handwritten journals, written after and concerning the American civil war, especially the 30th Ohio Infantry, transcriptions, and other materials.

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:

Acc# 2748

Access Restrictions:

Emory W. Muenscher Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Emory W. Muenscher Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Collection is mostly organized chronologically.



Emory W. Muenscher (February 6, 1834- ) was a music teacher from Mount Vernon, Ohio. He operated small schools and gave lessons in Millersburg and Mount Vernon. His father was an Episcopal minister and he had a number of siblings. Between 1860 and 1864 he married Sarah Johnson. During the Civil War, Muenscher served in Company I, of the 30th Ohio Infantry, 1861-1864. On December 27, 1864 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel. The 30th Ohio Infantry followed Sherman on his infamous March to the Sea. It also played an important role in the surrender of Savannah, Georgia. After the war he returned to Mount Vernon, Ohio. By the early 1900s he lived in Manistee, Michigan, where he was involved with the GAR and reunions of Civil War veterans. Muenscher was a surveyor for the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad and a county surveyor. He platted Howard City, Michigan. Muenscher was alive in 1917. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is mostly composed of his handwritten (Personal Journal) volumes, documenting his life and the 30th Ohio Infantry, which were written after the war. Some volumes note the miles he traveled by railroad and steam boat (v. 4, v. 3). The early volumes note elections, his opinions and ideas about slavery, and pro- and anti-slave states politics. Also noted here are his trips back from Keokuk, Iowa, 1856, a trip to Wyandot, Kansas, 1858, and trips between Millersburg and Mount Vernon, Ohio, 1850-1860. The typed transcriptions are twentieth century and may have been done by past Clarke staff. The provenance of the collection is unknown. V. 2 Military History includes a history of Company I, 30th Ohio Infantry, handwritten addresses he gave in 1908-1909, and stories about Manistee County, Missionary Ridge, and the 36th and 4th Ohio Infantries. Two of his letters (1862, 1864) to his father were published in newspapers and are in the folder with newspaper clippings. Also in this folder are speeches he wrote for veterans reunions at Bear Lake, Michigan, 1909-1910, a speech about the Labor Question, 1892, and articles about soldiers and reunions of the 98th, 126th, and 30th Ohio Infantry regiments. His recopied early 1850 essays are also included.

Subject Terms

    • Muenscher, Emory W., 1834-
    • United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 30th (1861-1865) Company I.
    • Ohio--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
    • Mount Vernon (Ohio)--History.
    • Mount Vernon (Ohio)--Genealogy.
    • Manistee (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Emory W. Muenscher Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Transcription of volume 2, February 6, 1852-December 8, 1853
    Box   1 F   2
    Personal Journal volume 2, February 6, 1852-December 8, 1853
    Box   1 F   3
    Personal Journal volume 3, December 11, 1853-June 24,1856
    Box   1 F   4
    Transcription of volume 4, July 7, 1856-December 28, 1860
    Box   1 F   5
    Personal Journal volume 4, July 7, 1856-December 28, 1860
    Box   1 F   6
    Transcription of volume 2 Military History February 1, 1864-February 8, 1865
    Box   2 F   1
    Personal Journal volume 1 Essays, Addresses, and Military History, 1848-January 31, 1864
    Box   2 F   2
    Personal Journal volume 2 Military History, February 1, 1864-February 8, 1865
    Box   2 F   3
    Speeches, 1850-1915, undated; Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1862-1863, 1901, undated 1850-1915, undated; 1862-1863,1901, undated