Union League Heritage Center, Abraham LIncoln Foundation: Frederick J. Sorber Pocket Diary

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Frederick J. Sorber pocket diary while serving as Sergeant, then Captain, in Company E, 29th Pennsylvania Infantry. Sorber’s service brought him throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Tennessee. He includes recollections of the Battles of Harper’s Ferry (September 12-15, 1862), Chancellorsville (April 30-May 6, 1863), and Lookout Mountain (November 24, 1863). He frequently tracks the miles he marched with his troop. He also notes two instances when he witnessed executions of deserters; the first on June 19, 1863, involving three men, William Grover (Gruver), William McKee, and Christopher Krubert; the second on September 18, involving two men, William Smith and another man. The diary entries are not all Sorber’s; there are frequent entry in another hand. Transcription available. Provenance given in cover letter to transcription.

Title: Frederick J. Sorber pocket diary
Authors: Sorber, Frederick J.
Call number: 1805.003.042
(Philadelphia, The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia)
Publisher: The Heritage Center of The Union League of Philadelphia
Language: English.
Date: From 1861 to 1863
Place: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Tennessee
Extent: 152; page dimensions: 186 x 74; bound to: 185 x 83
Subjects names: United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment 29th (1861-1865)
Subjects topical: United States–History–Civil War 1861-1865, Chancellorsville-Battle of-Chancellorsville-Va. 1863
Lookout Mountain-Battle of-Tenn. 1863
Genres: Diaries, Manuscripts–American–19th century

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