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Collection Number: 03605-z

Collection Title: Jesse S. Bean Diary, 1864-1867

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Abstract Jesse S. Bean, of Saint Peter, Minn., served with the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company H, during the Civil War. The collection consists of Jesse S. Bean's diary, December 1864-August 1865, in which he described his experiences with Sherman's army in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and while traveling home after the Civil War. Towns through which he passed included Savanah, Ga.; Beaufort, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Cheraw, S.C.; Fayetteville, Goldsboro, and Raleigh, N.C.; Petersburg, Richmond, and Fredericksburg, Va.; and Washington, D.C. His daily entries discuss where Bean was, where he was going, what he passed along the way, details of camp life, and observations about surroundings and events. Entries written after the war concern Bean's activities and family life in Saint Peter, Minn.
Creator Bean, Jesse S., fl. 1864-1867.
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 Jesse S. Bean Diary #3605-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
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Howard S. Mott of Sheffield, Mass., in November 1962.
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Jesse S. Bean of Saint Peter, Minn., served in the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company H, during the Civil War.

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The collection consists of Jesse S. Bean's diary, December 1864-August 1865, in which he described his experiences with Sherman's army in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and while traveling home after the Civil War. Towns through which he passed included Savanah, Ga.; Beaufort, S.C.; Orangeburg, S.C.; Columbia, S.C.; Cheraw, S.C.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Goldsboro, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Petersburg, Va.; Richmond, Va.; Fredericksburg, Va.; and Washington, D.C. His daily entries discuss where Bean was, where he was going, what he passed along the way, details of military life, and observations about surroundings and events. Entries written after the war concern Bean's activities and family life in Saint Peter, Minn.

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The pages of this volume are numbered, but not all the pages were filled. Bean evidently acquired the volume in Savannah, Ga., in December 1864.

Pages 1-67: Entries were made almost daily and are from five to fifteen lines each. Bean tells where he was, where he was going, what he passed along the way, what time he started each day, and how far he marched. He noted the letters he wrote home and the letters he received, his attendance at preaching, his drills and work details, weather conditions, and other observations about his surroundings and events taking place. From 20 December 1864 to 23 January 1865, Bean was in camp on the outskirts of Savannah, Ga. He moved by sea to Beaufort, S.C., on 23 January. On 30 January, he began marching and continued almost daily, going to Columbia, S.C., by way of Orangeburg, arriving on 17 February and leaving on the 20th. Bean went through Cheraw on 4 March and entered North Carolina on the 8th. He was in North Carolina most of March and April, going by way of Fayetteville and Goldsboro, and he camped in Raleigh 14-28 April. He received news on 17 April of Johnson's surrender and Lincoln's death. From Raleigh, he marched to Washington, D.C., by way of Petersburg, Richmond (13 May), and Fredericksburg, Va., arriving on 23 May, and remaining until the 31st. He left Washington by train and camped near Louisville, Ky., from 15 June to 20 July. During this time, he was able to get furloughs and passes to visit relatives nearby. Bean was discharged at Fort Snelling, near Saint Paul, Minn., in August 1865 and returned home to Saint Peter, Minn., on the 8th.

Pages 68-71: Scattered entries made in August and September 1865 mention the harvest, camp meeting, etc., and note his move to Saint Peter, Minn., on 14 September. Scattered memoranda later in 1865 and in 1866 and 1867 concern family moves, deaths, Bean's going to school, and his marriage.

Pages 72-233: Blank.

Pages 234-260: Miscellaneous memoranda, receipts, etc., written while in Savannah, Ga., December 1864-January 1865; notes on "Temperance" and "Methodism"; and a brief memo on the burning of Columbia, S.C., 17 February (page 253). See also pages 19-22.

Folder 1

Diary, 1864-1867 #03605-z, Series: "Diary, 1864-1867." Folder 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff, 1997

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2005

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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