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Collection Number: 05013-z

Collection Title: Henry K. White Diaries, 1861-1864

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

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Abstract Henry K. White was mustered into the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on 21 September 1861. He served both in the infantry and in the regimental band through the invasion of Roanoke Island; the Union occupation of New Bern, N.C.; and the campaign against Richmond, Va., in 1864. The collection contains two Civil War diaries with entries, 1861-1864, composed during Henry K. White's service in the United States Army as a fife player in the regimental band of the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The diaries detail military life; his participation in the invasion of Roanoke Island; and his part in the occupation of New Bern, N.C. The diaries also include documentation of White's service in the campaign leading to the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864, a list of correspondence received by White during his service, addresses of some of White's army comrades, and notations showing anniversaries of various historical events.
Creator White, Henry K.
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 Henry K. White Diaries #5013-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 February 2000 (Acc. 98567).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Henry K. White of Shirley, Mass., was mustered into the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers on 21 September 1861. He played fife in the regimental band. In February 1862, he shipped out with his unit for the North Carolina coast and participated in the seizure of Roanoke Island by Union troops on 8 February 1862. For the next several months, White and his unit were camped in and around New Bern, N.C., but saw little action. At the beginning of 1864, White and his unit moved north to participate in the Spotsylvania campaign.

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Two Civil War diaries with entries, 1861-1864, composed during Union soldier and musician Henry K. White's service in the United States Army as a fife player in the regimental band of the 23rd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. The diaries detail military life after White was mustered in during September 1861; his participation in the invasion of Roanoke Island; and his part in the occupation of New Bern, N.C. The diaries also include documentation of White's service in the campaign leading up to the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864, a list of correspondence received by White during his service, addresses of some of White's army comrades, and notations showing anniversaries of various historical events.

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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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