Diary of Charles Ashmead Schaeffer (1843-1898), chemist, United States Civil War veteran, and president of the University of Iowa, 1887-1898. In this diary, he keeps a nearly-daily record of his life and involvement in the United States government’s Civil War efforts. Description of daily chemical work for the Treasury in Boston, Massachusetts, travel, and military combat in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Entries from Alexandria, Virginia; Washington, District of Columbia; Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Germantown, Harrisburg, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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.
John N. Parker pocket diary, September 1861-August 1862, while serving as a Sergeant with the 4th Regiment Rhode Island Infantry. The diary documents Burnside’s expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island in North Carolina (January 7-February 8, 1862), the Battle of Roanoke Island (February 9, 1862), the Battle of New Berne (March 14, 1862), and the siege, bombardment, and capture of Fort Macon (March 23-April 26, 1862).