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Collection Number: 05521-z

Collection Title: Richard L. Brindley Diary, 1861

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Abstract Richard L. Brindley grew up on the family plantation in Wilmington, Del. Never married, he enlisted in the Union Army on 3 May 1861 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2nd Deleware Infantry Regiment. On 14 May 1861, he was promoted to first lieutenant and was promoted to captain on 15 March 1862. Brindley was killed in action on 27 June 1862 while leading a charge during the Battle of Gaines's Mill in Virginia and was posthumously promoted to the rank of major. The diary contains brief entries documenting the early weeks of the Civil War, 17 May-12 August 1861, and includes a description of the First Battle of Bull Run on 21 July 1861. Entries also document movement between various Army forts, including Fort Columbus, N.Y., Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Annapolis, Md., and others; visits with family members, particularly Brindley's brother-in-law and distant cousin Henry C. Thomas, son of Lincoln's Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas; and activities during leaves of absence. There are also short tallies of expenses and a few pages listing prisoners and their offenses.
Creator Brindley, Richard L., 1831-1962.
Language English
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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 Richard L. Brindley Diary #5521-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books, Philadelphia, Pa., in April 2012 (Acc. 101586).
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Richard L. Brindley (1831-1862) was the only son of James Joseph Brindley (1783-1858) and Hanna Baker (1797-1872). He had three older sisters: Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Sallie. Richard Brindley's grandfather, James Brindley (1745-1820), was a canal engineer who immigrated to the United States from England in 1774 and settled in Wilmington, Del., where he started a plantation and owned a small number of slaves.

Richard Brindley grew up on the family plantation in Wilmington, Del. Never married, he enlisted in the Union Army on 3 May 1861 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 2nd Deleware Infantry Regiment. On 14 May 1861, he was promoted to first lieutenant. Brindley became a captain on 15 March 1862 and was killed in action on 27 June 1862 while leading a charge during the Battle of Gaines's Mill in Virginia. For his heroism, Brindley was posthumously promoted to the rank of major.

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The collection is a diary with brief entries documenting the early weeks of the Civil War, 17 May-12 August 1861, written by Richard Brindley while he served as first Lieutenant in the 2nd Deleware Infantry Regiment. The entry of 21 June 1861 describes the First Battle of Bull Run. Entries also document movement between various Army forts, including Fort Columbus, N.Y., Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Annapolis, Md., and others; visits with family members, particularly Brindley's brother-in-law and distant cousin Henry C. Thomas, son of Lincoln's Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas; and activities during leaves of absence. There are also short tallies of expenses and a few pages listing prisoners and their offenses.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sara Mannheimer, June 2012

Encoded by: Sara Mannheimer, June 2012

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