Civil War Diaries

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Civil War Manuscripts: Diaries and Letters

Request Manuscripts on green call sheet from staff. Some diaries are found within large collections.
Many are filed together under Civil War Diaries/Letters.
(Civilians wrote their diaries in Winchester, unless otherwise noted.)

Alvord, Maj. Henry E. Letters, April 22, 1861-April 12, 1865 (2nd Reg. Massachusetts Cavalry Volunteers) Printed, 37 leaves. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Alvord, Henry E.

Armel, John Papers, December 4, 1864-March 1, 1865 (Company K, 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, Petersburg) Manuscript, 4 leaves. John Armel Papers
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Armel, John; 1354 WFCHS

Baker, Portia Baldwin Diary, Sept. 19, 1859-Jan. 8, 1863, Civilian,
Manuscript, 40 pages. typescript, 29 leaves. Portia Baldwin Baker Collection.
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters; Baker, Portia Baldwin; 1178 WFCHS

Bard, Capt. David Correspondence, March 28, 1862 (Union-Battle of Kernstown) Included within paper by James Brenner, typescript, 1 item, 21 leaves, 1974. David Bard Papers.
Ask for MMF-Civil War-Diaries/Letters; Bard, Capt. David; 361 WFCHS

Barritt, Charles M. Diary, January 1, 1864-November 10, 1864, (Co. I, 114th Regt. New York SV) typescript, 45 leaves. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Barritt, Charles M.

Beecher, Harris Diary, 1865. 114th Reg., ass’t. surgeon;
1 item, 2 leaves printed (photocopy). Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Beecher, Harris

Beeler, James W. Diary, April 29, 1862-July 2, 1863, (Cutshaw's Battery and Carpenter's Battery) typescript, 10 leaves. Rubye Hall Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Beeler, James W.; 73 THL

Blotcher, George, July 17, 1861-May 8, 1864 n.d. [3rd Battle of Winchester] (87th Pa) typescript, 4 leaves.
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Blotcher, George; 1556 THL

Bradfield, James Diary, July 17, 1861-May 8, 1864 (Co. H, 17th Va. Inf.), typescript, 29 leaves.
Marjorie Copenhaver Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Bradfield, James; 311 THL

Brooke, Rev. Benjamin F. Journal, Sept. 1837-Dec. 25, 1863 (Minister),
typescript, 83 leaves. Benjamin Brooke Papers
Ask for 165 WFCHS, Box 1; Journal of Rev. B.F. Brooke

Brumback, Jacob H. Diary, April 21, 1863-June 25, 1863 (12th Va. Cav.),
typescript 4 leaves. Lee Brumback Collection
Ask for 537 THL, Box 1, Brumback, Jacob Diary

Cadwallader, James M. Diary, Feb. 1, 1864-March 15, 1865 (1st Va. Cav.), typescript, 25 leaves.
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Cadwallader, James; 638 THL

Cain, John L., Service Information (Union 131 NY Inf), Nov. 11, 1862-Sept. 9, 1864,
typescript, Manuscript (Photocopy), 36 leaves. Charles E. Hutson Jr. Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Cain, John; 695 WFCHS

Carter, Lt. Col. Wm. R. Journal, September 4, 1862-September 25th, 1862 (3rd VA. Cavalry) Manuscript (photocopy), 9 leaves. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 2; Carter, Lt. Col. Wm.

Chase, Julia War-time Diary of Miss Julia Chase, 1861-1864, typescript, green-bound, 113 leaves.
Index available for July 2, 1861-Sept 25, 1864, typescript, 35 leaves. Julia Chase Collection
Ask for 544 THL, Box 1, Chase, Julia

Chewning, Charles R. Journal, March, 1862-April, 1865. 9th Calvary, CSA. 1 item, typescript, 22 pages.
Charles R. Chewning Journal
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Chewning, Charles R., 900 THL

Clark, John Peyton Journal, March 12, 1862-Sept. 15, 1862, (Civilian) typescript (photocopy), 65 leaves.
Louisa Crawford Collection
Ask for 424 WFCHS, Box 1; Clark, John P.

Cook, James Dennison Letters, Feb. 3, 1864-June 10, 1865 (Union-1st Oh. Art, Battery H),
typescript, 49 pages. Rolland J. Gladieux Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters; Cook, James D.; 123 THL

Corban, Josiah Barnum Diary, Jan-Nov 1864 (2nd Conn. Art., Co. G),
typescript, 48 leaves. Paul J. Corban Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Corban, Josiah; 1035 WFCHS

Costello, Peter Correspondence, 14th Maine, 1st Brigade, Grover’s 2nd Div.
6 leaves, manuscript, photocopy. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Costello, Peter Correspondence

Davis, Edward Heavey Diary, April 22, 1863-Sept.23, 1864 (9th WV Inf),
typescript, 9 leaves. Naomi Giffen Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Davis, Edward; 470 THL

Davis, Francis Diary entry of 3rd Battle of Winchester, 24th Inf., 4th Brigade, 19th Corps, Groves Div. 1 item, 12 leaves, manuscript photocopy. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Davis, Francis Diary

Dutton, Lt. Metzer Letters, Mar. 17, 1862-July 28, 1862, (5th Conn.),
Manuscript (photocopy), 75 leaves. Dudley J. Russell Collection
Ask for Dutton, Lt. Henry Metzer Papers; 628 THL

Edwards, Owen Diary, Jan 6, 1864-Nov. 22, 1864 (Union-114 NY), Manuscript (photocopy), typescript, 51 leaves. Owen J. Edwards
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Edwards, Owen; 253 THL

Fahey, George Correspondence, 1863, 121st NY, 2nd Brig. VI Corps. 1 item, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy).
Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Fahey, George

Firebaugh, Samuel Angus Diary, Sept 25, 1862-Mar. 2, 1864 (10th VA Inf), typescript, 125 leaves.
John Wayland Collection
Ask for 26 THL, Box 9; Wartime Diary of Samuel Firebaugh

Freeze, Michael Letters, 1863-1865 (6th N.C. Co. G), Manuscript (photocopy), 27 leaves.
Michael Freese Letters
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Freeze, Michael; 105 THL

Gallaher, Dewitt Diary, June 8, 1864-April 9, 1865 (1st VA Cav), typescript (Photocopy), 17 leaves.
Ben Ritter Collection
Ask for 12 THL, Box 1; Gallaher, DeWitt

Gerncke, Wilhelm Diary, Feb. 15, 1864-May 15, 1864 (Union-100 NY Vol), Manuscript, 1 Item, 8 leaves
James A. Pattie Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Pattie, James; 657 WFCHS

Grabill, John H. Diary, June 6, 1861-June 6, 1862 (33rd VA Inf), typescript, 27 leaves.
Charles Affleck Collection
Ask for 36 WFCHS, Box 1 Grabill, John H.

Griffith, Harriet H. Diary, April 18, 1861-March 23, 1862; August 12, 1864-Dec. 26, 1865 (Civilian-Quaker), typescript, 123 leaves.
Harriet Hollingsworth Griffith Collection
Ask for 1179 WFCHS. Box 1; Griffith, Harriet H.

Hawse, Jasper Diary, Sept. 10, 1861-Aug. 1, 1864 (14th VA Militia also, 17th Battalion, Co. B and11th Regt.), typescript, 112 pages. John Hawse Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Hawse, Jasper; 53 WFCHS

Hite, John P. Diary, June 19, 1861-March 21, 1862 (33rd VA Inf), typescript, 14 leaves.
Charles J. Lillis Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Hite, John; 191 THL-

Hubbard, John L. Letter, July 19, 1863 (Co. F. 1st Maryland), Printed, 1 leaf, Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 2; Hubbard, John L.

Ireland, Oscar Diary, Dec. 1, 1864-Dec. 15, 1864 (Signal Corps), Manuscript, 3 pages, Manuscript, 2 leaves, Transcript, 1 leaf, typescript.
Oscar Ireland Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Ireland, Oscar; 1180 WFCHS

Jennings, J. Henry – Correspondence August 1, 1861-January 28, 1863, transcript, 10 leaves
Ask for MMF – Civil War Diaries/Letters, Jennings, J. Henry

Jennings, Petre Diary, April 20, 1864-July 23, 1864 (Bryan's Battery, 4th Brigade),
typescript, 1 item, 7 leaves. Petre Jennings Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Jennings, Petre; 1181 WFCHS

Jones, Maj. Frank B. Diary, March 11, 1862-June 22, 1862 (2nd VA Inf), typescript, 15 leaves.
Louisa Crawford Collection
Ask for 424 WFCHS, Box 1; Jones, Maj. F.B.

Jones, William R. Correspondence & Articles (23rd VA Cav., Co. K), Manuscript (Photocopy),
typescript, 5 leaves. George W. Jones Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Jones, William; 62 THL

Kauffman, Joseph Franklin Diary, March 28, 1862-Aug. 28, 1862, (10th VA Inf.), typescript, 32 pages.
John Wayland Collection
Ask for 26 WFCHS, Box 9, Wartime Diary of J.F. Kauffman

Kite, O. H. Diary, Jan 1, 1864-Dec. 31, 1864 (33rd VA Inf., Co H), Manuscript (photocopy), 32 leaves.
Marjorie Copenhaver Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Kite, O.H.; 311 WFCHS

Kohler, Lt. Col. John B. Letter only, October, 4, 1864 (98th Pa. Rgt.), typescript, 3 leaves.
John B. Kohler Papers
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Kohler, Lt. Col John; 468 THL

Lee, Mrs. Hugh Diary, March 11, 1862-November, 17, 1865 (Civilian) typescript, 891 leaves.
Mrs. Hugh Lee Collection
Ask for 1182 WFCHS, Box 1, Lee, Mrs. Hugh

Lee, Laura Diary, March 11, 1862-April 5, 1865 (Civilian); manuscript (photocopy) 124 leaves. Original owned by College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Ben Ritter Collection
Ask for 12 WFCHS, Box 1; Lee, Laura

Lemley, Jacob Diary, January 1, 1862-May 1, 1865 (48th Va. Inf., Musician), typescript, 56 leaves.
Jacob Lemley Diary
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Lemley, Jacob; 1374 THL

Lennon, Capt. Michael Diary-Diary entries during 3rd Winchester. Co. I,
77th NY Inf., 3rd Brig. 2nd Div. VI Corps. [fall 1864]. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3, Lennon, Capt. Michael

Louderback, John P. Wartime Diary, May 3, 1862-July 14, 1863 (Page Co. Company, 10th Va. Inf.) typescript, 22 leaves. John Wayland Collection
Ask for 26 WFCHS, Box 8; Wartime Diary of John P. Louderback

McCown, James L. Memoirs, April 2, 1864-August 1, 1864 (5th Va. Inf, Co. K) typescript, 8 leaves.
Ben Ritter Collection
Ask for 12 WFCHS, Box 1; McCown, James L.

Mardus, Rebecca Correspondence, c. 1860s (Civilian) Manuscript (photocopy).
Randy Madres Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Mardus, Rebecca; 326 THL

Martindale, Hugh A. Correspondence, Oct. 23, 1864-Nov. 1, 1864 (104th Pa. Vol.)
typescript, 3 leaves. H.A. Martindale Correspondence
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Martindale, Hugh A.; 1064 THL

Miller, Abram Schultz Letters, Nov. 30,1861-Sept. 22, 1864 (Physician, 25th & 30th Va. Regt.) typescript.
James Miller Collection
Ask for 1421 WFCHS, Box 1; Miller, Abram S.

Miller, Gettie [Margaretta] Diary, March 23, 1863-Sept. 9, 1863, (Civilian - 13 years old),
typescript, 24 leaves. Godfrey Miller Collection
Ask for 301 WFCHS, Box 7; Miller, Gettie.

Miller, William Quartermaster Corp.,
Manuscript (Photocopy), Nov. 19, 1861-April 12, 1862. Ronald M. Will Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters-Miller, William (Quartermaster Report); 613 THL

Neff, Col. Francis Correspondence, 1854-Jan 23, 1861 (33rd VA)
Manuscript, 26 leaves. D. Coiner Rosen Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Neff, Col. F.; 323 THL

Niemeyer, Henry V. Personal Recollections, 1861-1865 (9th VA Inf., Co. I, the "Old Dominion Guards")
typescript, 6 leaves. Henry V. Niemeyer Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Niemeyer, Henry; 1059 THL

Pattie, Sgt. James A. Diary, Jan 23, 1864-Jan 3, 1865 (17th VA Inf., Co. F)
Manuscript, unnumbered pages. James A. Pattie Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Pattie, Sgt. James; 657 WFCHS

Pearse, William F. Diary, May 1, 1862-Nov. 27, 1862 (Chaplain-2nd SC Regt.),
Manuscript, also typescript, 25 leaves. William Franklin Pearse Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Pearse, William F.; 110 WFCHS

Pierce, Hugh Ogilvie Autobiography, 1843-1865 (Co. F 51st VA Militia)

typescript, 25 leaves. Hugh Pierce Papers
Ask for Collection #960 THL, Box 1

Rittenhouse, Benjamin Franklin Diary, March 26, 1864-June 30, 1864 (U.S. Art., Bty. D)
Manuscript, 1 item; military records, 26 leaves, photocopy. Benjamin F. Rittenhouse Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Rittenhouse, Benjamin; 566 THL

Rudd, Oscar Diary Selections, Aug. 6, 1861-July 2, 1862 (Captain, Co. G,
39th Reg, Ill.) 34 leaves. Oscar Rudd Papers
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Rudd, Oscar; 1435 THL

Russell, F. Stanley Letters, Aug. 26, 1861-May 19, 1864 (Co. H, 13th VA Inf.)
F. Stanley Russell Letters Ask for 490 THL, Box 1, Correspondence (Also published in The Letters of F. Stanley Russell: The Movements of Co. H, 13th Va. Reg.).
973.782 Rus –Archives-Rare Book

Smith, Treadwell Diary, Oct. 17, 1859-Apr. 20, 1865 (Civilian-Clarke Co.)
typescript, 20 pages. Treadwell Smith Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Smith, Treadwell; 1183 THL

Smith, William Randolf Diary March 23, 1862-June 22, 1862 (Co. F, 17th VA Inf.) 1 item printed.
Marie Bowman Collection
Ask for 1080 WFCHS, Box 1; Diary Of William R. Smith

Sperry, Kate Diary, Surrender? Never Surrender, July 13, 1861-Dec. 3, 1865.
typescript, Bound, 633 pages. 1578 WFCHS Kate Sperry Papers
Ask for 973.782 Spe Rare Book

Stone, John H. Diary, June 15, 1862-July 4, 1863 (Maryland CSA soldier, 1st Lt., Co. B, MD Inf.)
typescript, 77 leaves. George E. Tabb Jr. Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Stone, John; 320 THL
Note: Photocopy of original manuscript available in the Allan Tischler Collection 208 WFCHS, Box 2

Tabb, Col. William Barksdale Letter Book, January 4, 1863-March 6, 1863 (59th VA. Inf. Reg. CSA) typescript, 97 leaves. George E. Tabb Jr. Collection
Ask for 1153 THL, Box 1; Tabb, William B.

Thomas, J. William Diary, May 22, 1861-May 26, 1865 (2nd MD Battalion) typescript (Photocopy), 109 leaves. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 THL, Box 2; Thomas, J. Wm.

Tracy, Henry G., May 22-July 14, [1863] (18th Conn. Inf.) manuscript (photocopy) transcript, 5 leaves.
Ask for MMF—Civil War Diaries/Letters, Tracy Henry G.; 1557 THL

Tull, William Bayliss Memoirs, July, 1862-Sept., 1864 (5th & 9th LA Inf.) typescript (photocopy), 59 leaves.
W.B. Tull Papers
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Tull, W. B., War Story; 15 WFCHS THL

Venable, Charles Civil War Reminiscences, Microfilm, in white cabinets in Archives Reading Room, Civil War Records Drawer. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Microfilm, Civil War Reminiscences

Walker, Isaac Diary, July 19, 1862-Sept. 19,1862 (7th RI Squadron) typescript (photocopy), 11 leaves.
Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 3; Walker, Isaac, diary.

Walter, Franklin Gardner Diary, June 20, 1863-Aug. 19, 1865 (39th VA Cav., Co. A) typescript (Bound), 1 Vol., 99 leaves. Franklin Gardner Walter Collection
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Walter, Franklin; 947 THL

Wayland, Anna Kagey Daily Journal, Jan 1, 1847-Dec. 31, 1865, typescript (Photocopy, Bound), 165 leaves.
John Wayland Collection
Ask for 26 WFCHS, Box 8; Daily Journal of Anna K. Wayland

White, Pvt. John Goldsborough Narrative from Diary, June 23, 1863-July, 1863 (2nd Maryland Inf.) Printed Photocopy, 2 leaves. Allan Tischler Collection
Ask for 208 WFCHS, Box 2; White, John G.

White, Sylvester J. Correspondence, Feb. 8, 1860-Jan 18, 1865 (75th NY Vol.) Manuscript (Photocopy), typescript, 24 items. Sylvester J. White Papers
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, White, Sylvester; 593 THL

Whittier, Charles J. Correspondence, Feb. 14, 1859-Oct. 29, 1864 (Union Chaplain), Battle of Cedar Creek, Manuscript, printed, 13 items. Charles Whittier Papers
Ask for MMF-Civil War Diaries/Letters, Whittier, Charles; 855 THL

Williams Family Correspondence, April 29, 1861-Nov. 27, 1865 (incomplete) (Civilian), Manuscript.
Phillip Williams Family Papers Collection
Ask for 172 WFCHS, Box 1 & 2, Correspondence

Note: Many other printed diaries and journals are on the open shelves. Check exact word subject: United States—History—Civil War—Personal Narratives on computer for these.

Last updated 03/2014