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Milner, Duncan Chambers (1841-1928). Papers

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Collection Overview

Title: Milner, Duncan Chambers (1841-1928). Papers, circa 1780 and 1850-1959

Predominant Dates:1861-1959

Primary Creator: Milner, Duncan C. (Duncan Chambers) (1841-1928)

Extent: 2.9 cubic feet

Subjects: Christianity, Cook County--Chicago (Ill.), Kansas, Military, Missouri, Presbyterian, Temperance, United States--Civil War, 1861-1865

Forms of Material: Personal papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Duncan Chambers Milner (1841-1928) was a leading Presbyterian minister and reformer of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1862, he left school to join the 98th Ohio Vol. Inf., rising eventually to the rank of First Lieutenant. He fought at Perryville (Oct. 8, 1862) and Chickamauga (Sept. 19-20, 1863). Wounded at Chickamauga, he left the army to serve with the U.S. Christian Commission. After the war, he graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and Union Theological Seminary. In 1868, he went to Missouri as a missionary. From 1875 through 1892, he served in Kansas, where he was active in the temperance movement which culminated in the state's prohibition law.

In 1893, Milner moved to Chicago to become Superintendent of the Armour Sunday School and Mission. From 1899 until his death in 1928, he participated in Civil War veterans groups, crusaded for civil rights for African-Americans, and fought the Ku Klux Klan in print. He also wrote Lincoln and Liquor (1920).

The collection includes Milner's Civil War letters and diary as well as miscellaneous and family correspondence, writings, speeches, topical files, photographs, artifacts, and ephemera. The topical files include materials on temperance, schooling and education, and various churches as well as numerous other subjects. Among the many items of interest are materials relating to Chicago's Provident Hospital and Training School, which educated African-Americans. Series II of the collection consists of some 55 letters, formerly framed or in a scrapbook, from prominent contemporaries. Many are addressed to Milner and relate to Lincoln and temperance.

The collection was donated to the Library by Rev. Milner's grandson, Reid T. Milner of Urbana, Ill., in 1980-1983 (Series I) and by his great-grandnephew, David J. Milner of Taylors, S.C., in 1990 (Series II).

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Christianity
Cook County--Chicago (Ill.)
Kansas
Military
Missouri
Presbyterian
Temperance
United States--Civil War, 1861-1865

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Repository: Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

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