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Collection Number: 05457-z

Collection Title: Charles Darwin Elliot Diary and Surveyor Field Books, 1863-1864

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Abstract Charles Darwin Elliot was born in Foxboro, Mass., in 1837. He studied civil engineering and served as assistant topographical engineer with the 19th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf, 1862-1864. Prior to his Civil War service, he worked as a civil engineer in the greater Boston area. He and his wife, Emily Jane (Hyer) Elliot, lived in Massachusetts after the war, probably settling in Somerville. The collection consists of Charles Darwin Elliot's diary and two surveyor field books. The diary begins with his entries in March 1864; his wife continued the diary until September 1864. Charles Darwin Elliot's portion of the diary describes troop movements around southern Louisiana, the threat of Confederate guerillas and Jayhawkers, correspondence with his wife, and brief observations on his daily activities. Emily Jane Elliot's contributions to the diary detail the journey from New Orleans, La., to Massachusetts following Charles Darwin Elliot's discharge; daily life and household activities; and relationships with her husband's family while the couple lived in Foxboro immediately after the war. In the diary, there is a list of tasks related to Elliot's surveying work, December 1863-March 1864. Included in the surveyor field books are topographical sketches of and notes from May 1863 about Bayou Boeuf, La., and undated information about eastern Connecticut.
Creator Elliot, Charles Darwin, 1837-1908.
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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[Identification of item], in the Charles Darwin Elliot Diary and Surveyor Field Books #5457-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books, Philadephia, Pa., in March 2010 (Acc. 101262).
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Charles Darwin Elliot was born in Foxboro, Mass., on 20 June 1837. He studied civil engineering and served as assistant topographical engineer with the 19th Army Corps, Department of the Gulf, 1862-1864. Prior to his Civil War service, he worked as a civil engineer in the greater Boston area. He and his wife, Emily Jane (Hyer) Elliot, lived in Massachusetts after the war, probably settling in Somerville.

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The collection consists of Charles Darwin Elliot's diary and two surveyor field books. The diary begins with his entries in March 1864; his wife continued the diary until September 1864. Charles Darwin Elliot's portion of the diary describes troop movements around southern Louisiana, the threat of Confederate guerillas and Jayhawkers, correspondence with his wife, and brief observations on his daily activities. Emily Jane Elliot's contributions to the diary detail the journey from New Orleans, La., to Massachusetts following Charles Darwin Elliot's discharge; daily life and household activities; and relationships with her husband's family while the couple lived in Foxboro immediately after the war. In the diary, there is a list of tasks related to Elliot's surveying work, December 1863-March 1864. Included in the surveyor field books are topographical sketches of and notes from May 1863 about Bayou Boeuf, La., and undated information about eastern Connecticut.

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Processed by: Allison Moore, November 2010

Encoded by: Allison Moore, November 2010

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