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Collection Number: 05166-z

Collection Title: John W. Finch Diary, 1865

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Abstract John W. Finch served with the Union Army during the Civil War. He was enlisted at age 35 in Company C, 22nd Michigan Infantry on 14 March 1865, in his hometown of Burchville, Mich. On 7 April 1865, he joined his regiment in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was transferred to Company C, 29th Michigan Infantry, 26 June 1865. He was honorably discharged 25 August 1865. The collection is a diary, with entries 22 March-30 August 1865, of soldier John W. Finch of Burchville, Mich., serving in the Union Army with the 22nd Michigan Infantry Regiment and the 29th Michigan Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The diary begins with the day of mustering, 22 March 1865, and ends 30 August 1865, a few days after he was honorably discharged from the army and returned to Michigan. The diary was updated daily with entries varying in length from a few lines to a page. Finch never saw battle, so the entries consist of descriptions of military life in camps. He included many descriptions of meals, medical treatments for various ailments, and prices. The diary is reversed for the last ten pages and includes financial information.
Creator Finch, John W., b. ca. 1829.
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 John W. Finch Diary #5166-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Carmen Valentino of Philadelphia, Pa., in June 2004 (Acc. 99828).
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John W. Finch served with the Union Army during the Civil War. He was enlisted at age 35 in Company C, 22nd Michigan Infantry on 14 March 1865, in his hometown of Burchville, Mich. On 7 April 1865, he joined his regiment in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was transferred to Company C, 29th Michigan Infantry, 26 June 1865. He was honorably discharged 25 August 1865.

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The collection is a diary, with entries 22 March-30 August 1865, of soldier John W. Finch of Burchville, Mich., serving in the Union Army with the 22nd Michigan Infantry Regiment and the 29th Michigan Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The diary begins with the day of mustering, 22 March 1865, and ends 30 August 1865, a few days after he was honorably discharged from the army and returned to Michigan. The diary was updated daily with entries varying in length from a few lines to a page. Finch never saw battle, so the entries consist of descriptions of military life in camps. He included many descriptions of meals, medical treatments for various ailments, and prices. The diary is reversed for the last ten pages and includes financial information.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton, September 2004

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, September 2004

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