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Collection Number: 05031-z

Collection Title: Samuel A. Shumway Diary, 1865-1866

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Abstract Samuel A. Shumway was 34 years old and working at a forge in Fiskdale, Mass., when he was mustered into Company A of the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment on 31 August 1864. He was stationed with his unit on garrison duty around New Bern, N.C., and Portsmouth, Va., for most of his service. He was discharged at New Bern on 26 June 1865 and returned to the Sturbridge, Mass., area. The diary of Samuel A. Shumway, begun in January 1865 and continuing into 1866 when he had returned to the Sturbridge, Mass., area, contains descriptions of camp life with the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment during the Civil War, chiefly around New Bern, N.C., and Portsmouth, Va. The diary also mentions the fall of Richmond, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and other events. There are several entries about attempts to raise the Confederate ram Albermarle, which had been sunk near Plymouth, N.C., and a small amount of information about Shumway's activities in the year following his discharge.
Creator Shumway, Samuel A., 1830-1913.
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 Samuel A. Shumway Diary #5031-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2007) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in June 2000 (Acc. 98682).
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Samuel A. Shumway was 34 years old and working at a forge in Fiskdale, Mass., when he was mustered into Company A of the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment on 31 August 1864. He was stationed with his unit on garrison duty around New Bern, N.C., and Portsmouth, Va., for most of his service. He was discharged at New Bern on 26 June 1865 and returned to the Sturbridge, Mass., area.

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The diary of Samuel A. Shumway, begun in January 1865 and continuing into 1866 when he had returned to the Sturbridge, Mass., area, contains descriptions of camp life with the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment during the Civil War, chiefly around New Bern, N.C., and Portsmouth, Va. The diary also mentions the fall of Richmond, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and other events. There are several entries in the diary about attempts to raise the Confederate ram Albermarle, which had been sunk near Plymouth, N.C., and a small amount of information about Shumway's activities in the year following his discharge.

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in February 2005 by Nancy Kaiser

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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