Finding aid for the David G. Swaim Letters


Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Swaim, David G.
Title: David G. Swaim Letters
Dates: 1861-1874
Extent: 0.40 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: David G. Swaim (d. 1897) was a captain in the Union Army during the American Civil War, serving as assistant adjutant general and chief of the secret service during the Chickamauga Campaign under Brigadier General James A. Garfield. He reentered the army in 1867 as a second lieutenant, serving as acting judge advocate for the fourth military district in Vicksburg, Miss. From 1868-1869, he supervised the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. As a Major, he presided as judge advocate at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was appointed Judge Advocate General of the United States Army in 1880, holding this position until 1895. Swaim maintained a close personal friendship with Garfield and was at his side in 1881 at the President's death. The collection consists of two bound letterbooks, the first 1861-1874, and the second 1865-1870.
MS Number MS 3263
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English