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Henry Almstedt Papers

Identifier: A0022

Scope and Contents

Collection contains commission and appointments of Henry Almstedt and papers relating to the service of the 1st United States Reserve Corps (3 months) and the 2nd Missouri Light Artillery. Includes letter of William R. Martin to Captain T. Rohe, dated Martinsburgh, Missouri, July 29, 1861, regarding the discovery of the bodies of Benjamin Sharp and Lieutenant Jager; two letters of Joseph Weydemeyer to Almstedt, dated October 3, 1862, and to General Schofield, dated June 3, 1863, regarding his resignation; brief report of the fortifications at St. Louis, dated January 20, 1863; and Almstedt's journal with brief notes of the Powder River Indian Expedition in 1865. Also includes military commissions of Almstedt, dated 1846; and Bellefontaine Cemetery papers.


  • 1846-1939
  • Majority of material found within 1861-1884


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright.

Biographical Sketch

A native of Germany, Henry Almstedt served as colonel of the 1st United States Reserve Corps (3 months) from May to August 1861. In November 1861 he was appointed colonel of the 2nd Missouri Light Artillery. He resigned this command in August 1863 and was later appointed to the staff of the Unites States Paymaster. He died November 21, 1884, in Fenton, St. Louis County.


0.1 Cubic Feet ( (2 folders, 2 oversize items))

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The collection is arranged chronologically in the first folder with the second folder consisting of the Henry Almstedt notebook.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There are no physical or technical restrictions.

Donor Information

The papers in the collection were a gift of George I. Heidbreder, Paris, France, October 27, 1953, except for the notebook of Henry Almstedt, which was a gift of Frank E. Rieber on October 30, 1959 (acc. no. 59-0118).

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected items were digitized in 2009. The images may be viewed online by clicking the links beside each item in the inventory.


Inventory of Henry Almstedt Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Repository

225 S. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63105 United States