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Collection Number: 05236-z

Collection Title: William R. Buchanan Diary, 1864

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Abstract William R. Buchanan of Philadelphia, Pa., served with Company A of the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. During this time, his unit was posted in Atlanta, Ga., where he was company clerk, working on the books and muster rolls, and later marched across Georgia with General William T. Sherman into Savannah, Ga. The collection consists of a small pocket diary kept by Buchanan between 25 February-31 December 1864, which contains brief entries about daily concerns, his health, weather conditions, and his position as company clerk. He records the movements of the 29th Pennsylvania from Bridgeport, Ala., to Atlanta, Ga., and Sherman's march to Savannah, Ga. The entries detail miles marched, the conditions of the march, and the burning of railroad tracks along the way. Buchanan briefly mentions a review of his unit by Sherman on 30 December 1864, and the parade of the Savannah firemen on 31 December 1864, the last entry of the diary. The diary also contains a short ledger of Buchanan's expenses as well as a list of letters he had received while serving in the army.
Creator Buchanan, William R., b. 1839
Language English
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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 William R. Buchanan Diary #5236-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in September 2005 (Acc. 100204).
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William R. Buchanan of Philadelphia, Pa., served with Company A of the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. During this time, his unit was posted in Atlanta, Ga., where he was company clerk and worked on the books and muster rolls, and later marched across Georgia with General Sherman into Savannah, Ga.

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The collection consists of a small pocket diary kept by William R. Buchanan of Philadelphia, Pa., between 25 February-31 December 1864, which contains brief entries about daily concerns, his health, weather conditions, and his position as company clerk with the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He records the movements of the 29th Pennsylvania from Bridgeport, Ala., to Atlanta, Ga., and march of General William T. Sherman to Savannah, Ga. The entries detail miles marched, the conditions of the march, and the burning of railroad tracks along the way. Buchanan briefly mentions a review of his unit by Sherman on 30 December 1864, and the parade of the Savannah firemen on 31 December 1864, the last entry of the diary. The diary also contains a short ledger of Buchanan's expenses as well as a list of letters he had received while serving in the army.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Margaret Dickson, May 2006

Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, May 2006

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