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Collection Number: 03884-z

Collection Title: James Robert McMichael Diary, 1864-1865.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Abstract James Robert McMichael (1835-1893) was a Confederate officer who served with the 12th Georgia Infantry Regiment. The collection includes a photocopy of a typed transcription of the diary, July 1864-June 1865, kept by McMichael, while he was a prisoner at Fort Delaware, Del, Morris Island, S.C., and Cockspur Island near Savannah, Ga., with memoranda, names of fellow prisoners, a roll of his company, and seven letters to him chiefly about items being sent to him by relatives and friends. Diary entries describe prison conditions, McMichael's health, and his feelings about imprisonment, harsh treatment he received, and the Confederacy.
Creator McMichael, James Robert, 1835-1893.
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 Robert McMichael Diary, #3884-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Chalmers Davidson of Davidson, N.C., April 1969.
Location of Originals
Original may be in the Davidson College Library, Davidson, N.C.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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James Robert McMichael (1835-1893) was a Confederate officer who served with the 12th Georgia Infantry Regiment. He was captured at Spottsylvania, Va., in 1864, and imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Del., Morriso Island, S.C., and Cockspur Island, newar Savannah, Ga.

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The collection includes a photocopy of a typed transcription of the diary, July 1864-June 1865, kept by James Robert McMichael, while he was a prisoner at Fort Delaware, Del., Morris Island, S.C., and Cockspur Island near Savannah, Ga., with memoranda, names of fellow prisoners, a roll of his company, and seven letters to him chiefly about items being sent to him by relatives and friends. Diary entries describe prison conditions, McMichael's health, and his feelings about imprisonment, harsh treatment he received, and the Confederacy.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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