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United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Ambrose Armitage Journals

Identifier: MC 1779
Scope and Content Note During his lifetime Armitage wrote seven journals. Special Collections has acquired copies of the first two, which were transcribed by Jim Gardner of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The first journal consists of 294 pages of handwritten script on legal size paper. It spans the period June 1859 through early August 1864 and gives an account of the hardships endured by foot soldiers during the Civil...
Dates: 1859-1868

William F. Avera Memoirs

Identifier: MC 1685
Scope and Content Note

The collection includes typescript memoirs of William F. Avera and E.H. Cathey, Jr.

Dates: 1904-1983

Joseph M. Bailey Memoir

Identifier: MC 548
Scope and Content Note

Typewritten autobiographical essay, "Story of a Confederate Soldier, 1861-1865," by First Lieutenant Joseph M. Bailey, Company D, Sixteenth Arkansas Infantry.

Positive photocopy of original owned by Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Dates: 1861-1865

Josephine B. Crump Papers

Identifier: MC 845
Scope and Content Note The personal reminiscences include Josephine B. Crump's accounts of her Civil War years, which include incomplete remembrances of a battle and Joe Wright Crump's unfinished story of a Mr. Fancher's successful escape from Union troops near Harrison; accounts of her experiences during World War I; and accounts of daily life in Harrison. Also in this collection are two short stories, one sheet of correspondence, a poem from Lamar Fontaine, and photocopies of materials related to the Crump and...
Dates: circa 1894-1990

John Rison Gibbons Diary

Identifier: MS G35
Scope and Content Note

Typewritten transcript of fragment, January 1, 1862 to October 16, 1862, of diary kept by John R. Gibbons of Company I, 1st Rockbridge, Virginia Cavalry. Appended is transcript of a letter, dated Mount Solon, Augusta County, Virginia October 3, 1863, from "Sue" to Gibbons.

Dates: 1862-1863

Gray Family Materials

Identifier: MC 1618
Scope and Content Note The collection includes three volumes created by Virginia between 1863 and 1872 while she lived in Princeton and Little Rock, Arkansas. The first volume, her diary, elucidates her experience living in Princeton from 1863 to 1866. The second dates to around 1863 and features her artwork, including pencil sketches, small paintings of flowers, as well as photographs of family and friends. The third tells the story of her son, Carl, which is entitled, "The Diverting History of Little Tarley...
Dates: 1863-2006

William H. Heath Hours With Grant Materials

Identifier: MC 1998
Scope and Contents The collection consists of two copies (a draft and a final version) of William H. Heath's memoirs related to his service in the 33rd Missouri Infanty during the U. S. Civil War and to his experiences with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, entitled Hours With Grant. Also included is a newspaper clipping related to a reunion of the 33rd Missouri Infantry, and a published booklet regarding Maryland's commemoration of the centennial of the Civil War....
Dates: circa 1890-1964

Sidney D. Jackman Reminiscences

Identifier: MC 613
Scope and Content Note

Typescript copy of Sidney D. Jackman's Civil War experiences including the battle of Lone Jack, Missouri.

Dates: 1862-1864

Andrew Johnston Letter

Identifier: MS J64 292
Scope and Content Note Autographed letter dated "Helena, Feb. 1st 1863" and addressed to unidentified "Dear Sir," recounting the experiences and impressions of a U. S. Army soldier, specifically as regards his unidentified company's departure from Columbus, Kentucky, Jan. 12, 1863; its brief sojourn in Memphis; its arrival at Helena, Arkansas, Jan. 17; its participation in an expedition up the White River with the "15th fleet of thirtysix vessels" and in a brief armed encounter with Confederate forces at DeValls...
Dates: 1863

Dudley Emerson Jones Papers

Identifier: MC 1305
Scope and Content Note

Papers of Dudley Emerson Jones and some of his descendants. The collection includes many handwritten or typed accounts of incidents in Dudley E. Jones's life, particularly the gold rush and the Civil War. Included also are letters and photographs.

Dates: 1849-1976

Lanktree-Wilson Family Papers

Identifier: MS W691 38
Scope and Content Note Correspondence, journals, notebooks, poems, hymns, essays, obituaries, sketches, photographs and other materials created, received, or collected by teacher Arabella Lanktree Wilson, by her son, soldier, engineer, and businessman William H. D. Wilson [ see biographical sketches], or by other members of her family. Materials pertain, for the most part, to the personal, familial, religious, educational, military and other activities and interests of the Lanktree and Wilson families while...
Dates: 1823-1876

Maschil Manring Materials

Identifier: MC 2161
Scope and Content Note

The collection features a typescript of one of Captain Maschil Manring's Civil War diaries, which offers brief accounts of his day-to-day experiences, focusing on food, weather, and troop movements. The typescript was created by the donor, Creta Gist, from the original diary. Also included are photocopies of correspondence by and records regarding Maschil Manring and photocopies of records regarding his brother George's death at the Battle of Champion's Hill.

Dates: 1861-1905

John Walter Meek Memoir Typescript

Identifier: MC 1767
Scope and Contents

The collection contains a typescript of Arkansas physician John Walter Meek’s memoirs, “Life History of J. W. Meek,” written primarily in 1913, with an update made in 1917. The typescript was created by Meek’s granddaughter, Anne Meek Garrett, in 2008. Meek discusses his family; his childhood in Union County, Arkansas; the Civil War; the cotton industry; his membership in the Ku Klux Klan; his medical studies and career; Reconstruction; and Arkansas politics, among other topics.

Dates: 2008

William O. Munson Correspondence

Identifier: MS M928 306 Munson
Scope and Content Note MS. ALSs exchanged between Munson, a Putnam County, Ohio soldier on duty in Kentucky and Tennessee with Company E, 3rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and members of his family. Three of the ltters are from Munson, and 24 of them are addressed to him. Correspondents are: Munson's father, H.D. Munson; his mother; his sisters, Julia and Mary A. Munson; and his brothers, C.E., Frank, and A.F. Munson, all in Putnam County; and his brothers, Gib Munson and H.D. Munson, Jr., on duty in the field...
Dates: 1861-1863

Lorraine Blore Ragland Collection

Identifier: MC 902
Scope and Content Note The Ragland collection consists of letters, journals, literary manuscripts, and photographs from all three generations of the Smithee family. Series 1, Letters, includes many written by Annie and Smithee during their Civil War years and subsequent courtship. Among the letters are ones written by Smithee just before and after the battle of Helena, Arkansas, in July, 1863, one letter to Annie from David O. Dodd, and two recieved from author Opie Reed. Series 2, Journals, consists of journals...
Dates: 1860-1981

William Stephen Ray Reminiscence

Identifier: MS R211r 361 Ray
Scope and Content Note 1 item (2, 4, 2, 143 pp.) TS copy. Ray's 143-page unpublished memoir, preceded by 8 pages of prefatory material ("Recognition," 2 pp., "Introduction," 4 pp., "Foreward," 2 pp.) compiled by descendant/donor David W. Ogden. Memoir pertains to: Ray's Confederate States Army servicel to his migration to Sevier County, Arkansas in 1872; to his life in and to social and economic conditions there from 1872 to 1907; to his active role in affairs of the United Confederate Veterans; and to...
Dates: ca 1917

George M. Sanders Collection

Identifier: MC 1136
Scope and Content Note

Typed transcript of a 1905 reminiscence of Civil War experiences in Arkansas and elsewhere written by George M. Sanders (1830-1906) and a record book kept by him in the spring of 1865 while he was stationed at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, or at Eastport, Mississippi recording infantry and cavalry equipment issued to Company A. An additional book kept from April 10 to July 12, 1864 records the sick list of men from Company L while the regiment was stationed at Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Dates: 1864-1905

William Henry Harrison Shibley Letters

Identifier: MS Sh61
Scope and Content Note Correspondence written by Lieutenant William Henry Harrison Shibley (1840-1932) and Private John Samuel Shibley, both of Company G, Twenty-second Arkansas Infantry, to their parents living in Van Buren (Crawford County). The Shibley brothers enlisted together in June 1862 and remained with the Confederate army until the end of the war. They participated in the battles of Prairie Grove (Washington County), Helena (Phillips County), and Jenkins' Ferry (Grant County), and were stationed at...
Dates: 1862-1863

Raleigh J. Shipley Civil War Diary

 Collection — Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 9: [Barcode: 35129217141247]
Identifier: MC 1462
Scope and Content Note

The Shipley diary was written in a lined notebook 6 5/8" by 4". It consists of 48 numbered pages, with the day and date written in for each entry. Entries are usually very brief.

Dates: 1865

Albert P. Stair Diary

Identifier: MC 2059
Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a diary written by Albert P. Stair from 1861 to 1884. The first part of the diary pertains to his family, military service during the Civil War, and his life after the war. The second portion of the diary was used as an expense ledger. Markings in pen and pencil at the end of the diary, dated 1946, indicate it was written in after Stairs’ death.

Dates: 1861-1884

Thirteenth Illinois Infantry Regiment Diary

Identifier: MC 1763
Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a diary and a partial hand-written transcription of the diary concerning the Officer's time in Arkansas.

Entries in the diary are fairly brief usually stating location, weather conditions, the well being of the Officer and his soldiers, and whether the chaplain was preaching or not. Much of what is written concerns the Officer's time spent fighting and marching in Arkansas (Batesville, Jacksonport, and Helena areas).

Dates: 1862-1863

E.[D.] Wilson Civil War Diary

 Collection — Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 9: [Barcode: 35129217141247]
Identifier: MC 1547
Scope and Content Note

Pocket diary, 1863, written in pencil apparently by E. [D.?] Wilson in the first of the year. Account of his experiences in Arkansas near DeValls Bluff and Helena, where he served as a supply clerk, and his return to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Other pages contain records of expenses and other financial information, especially a page where expenses are recorded relating to the return home of Wilson and Bill.

Dates: 1863