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Collection Number: 05365-z

Collection Title: James B. Caldwell Diary, 1861-1862

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Abstract James B. Caldwell of Alabama was 19 years old when he entered the Civil War in the 13th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. He served in the regiment in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The collection contains the diary James B. Caldwell kept during his service with the 13th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, 23 May 1861-13 August 1862. The diary chiefly describes daily activities of the regiment as it travelled throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas, and camp life while waiting for active service, including card-playing and nightly dances. Included is a description of the Battle of Belmont, 7 November 1861, in Columbus, Ky.; sketched maps of camps and lists of Caldwell's personal expenses; and declarations of love and verses dedicated to Caldwell's fiance Maggie, including a passage written on 7 April 1862 that Caldwell recited when he proposed to her while on furlough. Most diary entries are undated and do not appear in chronological order. Also included are a typed transcript of the diary and other materials providing historical and geographical context for the diary.
Creator Caldwell, James B.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 James B. Caldwell Diary #5365-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Barbara Luckadoo in October 2007 (Acc. 100803)
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James B. Caldwell of Alabama was 19 years old when he entered the Civil War in the 13th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. He served in the regiment in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

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The collection contains the diary James B. Caldwell kept during his service with the 13th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, 23 May 1861-13 August 1862. The diary chiefly describes daily activities of the regiment as it travelled throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas, and camp life while waiting for active service, including card-playing and nightly dances. Included is a description of the Battle of Belmont, 7 November 1861, in Columbus, Ky.; sketched maps of camps and lists of Caldwell's personal expenses; and declarations of love and verses dedicated to Caldwell's fiance Maggie, including a passage written on 7 April 1862 that Caldwell recited when he proposed to her while on furlough. Most diary entries are undated and do not appear in chronological order. Also included are a typed transcript of the diary and other materials providing historical and geographical context for the diary.

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Folder 1

Diary, 1861-1862 #05365-z, Series: "James B. Caldwell Diary, 1861-1862" Folder 1

Folder 2

Typed transcription and related material #05365-z, Series: "James B. Caldwell Diary, 1861-1862" Folder 2

Typed transcript; a brief history of the Civil War, 1861-1862, including descriptions of the Tennessee Army's duties and a summary of the organization of the army; footnotes elucidating the historical context of the diary; a map of Mississippi River forts, 1861-1862; and a map of Caldwell's area of operations, which spanned Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sara Mannheimer, November 2011

Encoded by: Sara Mannheimer, November 2011

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