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Collection Number: 05032-z

Collection Title: Trudy Alston Diary, 1861-1864

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Abstract Trudy Alston lived near Raymond, Miss., during the Civil War. She kept an occasional diary of events that occurred, 1861-1864, during which time her brother Robert (Bob) and friend Edgar fought in the Confederate Army. The diary of Trudy Alston, 1861-1864, reports on daily activities of the Alston family and their friends, as well as events such as the death of various acquaintances during the course of the Civil War. The diary contains several pages of description of the Battle of Raymond (1863), which occurred close to Alston's home, as well as notes from friends departing for service in the Confederate Army. The diary concludes with a entry detailing Alston's brother Robert's capture by Union troops, probably at the Battle of Nashville, and his subsequent incarceration at Camp Chase, Ohio.
Creator Alston, Trudy.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Trudy Alston Diary #5032-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2007) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Alternate Form of Material
A partial transcript of the diary is available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in June 2000 (Acc. 98683).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Trudy Alston lived near Raymond, Miss., during the Civil War. She kept an occasional diary of the events that occurred, 1861-1864, during which time her brother Robert (Bob) and friend Edgar fought in the Confederate Army. She was present during the Battle of Raymond in 1863. In 1864, her brother Robert was captured by federal troops, probably during the Battle of Nashville, and interned at Camp Chase, Ohio.

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Diary of Trudy Alston, kept intermittently between 1861 and 1864 while living near Raymond, Miss. The diary reports on daily activities of the Alston family and their circle of friends, as well as events such as the death of various acquaintances during the course of the Civil War. The diary contains several pages of description of the Battle of Raymond (1863), which occurred close to Alston's home, as well as notes from friends departing for service in the Confederate Army. The diary concludes with a entry detailing her brother Robert Alston's capture by Union troops, probably at the Battle of Nashville, and his subsequent incarceration at Camp Chase, Ohio.

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in February 2005 by Nancy Kaiser

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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