Collection includes correspondence (originals and use copies) from David W. Voyles to his wife, Susie, 1862-1864, while he served with the 66th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War; photographs of Dr. Voyles and a woman, most likely his wife; correspondence from his time as postmaster of New Albany, IN in the 1880s and while in St. Louis; a copy of “Report of Surgeon Voyles” Martinsburg, Washington County, Indiana, September 20, 1865.
David W. Voyles was born in Washington, Indiana, in 1834. He attended public school and the John L. Morrison Academy at Salem, Indiana and graduated in 1858 from the University of Louisville Medical Department. He enlisted in the Union Army on August 4, 1862 as an Assistant Surgeon, and served with the 66th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War (1862-1864). He was promoted to Surgeon on April 25, 1863, and served until February 1864, when he resigned due to illness. He served as postmaster in New Albany, IN for eight years, appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant. Later he farmed and raised cattle in Harrison County, IN. From 1893 until his death, he served as Inspector of Customs for the St. Louis District. Voyles died on November 19, 1899 in St. Louis, leaving a wife and seven children (three sons and four daughters).