Silas Hunter Corn Papers
Silas Hunter Corn's papers consist primarily of his diary, based on his Civil War experiences, and several transcripts of the the diary.
- Created: 1840-1929
Biographical or Historical Information
Silas Hunter Corn was born near Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio in 1840. He volunteered for the Union Army in 1861 and was placed in the 16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In 1862, at the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Corn was captured and held prisoner in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was exchanged and released in Virginia and returned to his regiment in Vicksburg the same day the town surrendererd.
In 1864, Corn was honorably discharged from the army. He eventually settled in Cameron, Missouri. Corn first practiced law there, then became a founder of the Cameron Institute, which would eventually become Missouri Wesleyan College. He died in 1929.
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