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Collection Number: 05361

Collection Title: New York Soldier's Diary, 1861

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Abstract The collection is a Civil War diary, with entries 18 June 1861-5 November 1861, of an unknown federal soldier from New York. Entries were made while the writer was serving with the New York 14th Infantry in New York; Philadelphia, Pa.; Baltimore, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and various locations in northern Virgina. Entries describe volunteering for the army; military life, including foods eaten during his tour; military duties, including standing guard, chores, and roll call; interactions with fellow soldiers; and interactions with civilians. Included are an account of the exchange of arms for long Enfield rifles; the Union army's defeat at the first battle of Bull Run and observations of injured troops returning from that battle; and artillery firing near Fall Church, Va., 14-15 October 1861.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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 New York Soldier's Diary, 1861 #5361, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Historical Collectible Auctions, October 2007 (Acc. 100788).
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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The writer of this diary was a volunteer soldier in the 14th New York Infantry Regiment in the United States Army, 1861.

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The collection is a Civil War diary, with entries 18 June 1861-5 November 1861, of an unknown federal soldier from New York. Entries were made while the writer was serving with the New York 14th Infantry in New York; Philadelphia, Pa.; Baltimore, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and various locations in northern Virgina. Entries describe volunteering for the army; military life, including foods eaten during his tour; military duties, including standing guard, chores, and roll call; interactions with fellow soldiers; and interactions with civilians. Included are an account of the exchange of arms for long Enfield rifles; the Union army's defeat at the first battle of Bull Run and observations of injured troops returning from that battle; and artillery firing near Fall Church, Va., 14-15 October 1861.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Joyner, July 2008

Encoded by: Jennifer Joyner, July 2008

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