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Guide to the Jack McCleary Diary MSS.1610

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Finding aid prepared by R. Rumstay

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@bama.ua.edu

March 2008

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Jack McCleary diary

Unit ID:

MSS.1610

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet 1 diary, 1 photo, 1 letter, 1 typescript copy of diary and letter (photocopy)

Dates:

1863

Abstract:

Civil War diary by a Pennsylvania soldier. The diary begins on January 1, 1863 and includes daily entries until McCleary's death during the battle of Gettysburg. Entries remark upon day to day activities and duties, weather and housing conditions, movement orders, leadership changes, and rumors concerning the war. McCleary's unit was stationed at Belle Plain, Virginia until late April, when it began moving to the Chancellorsville area on the Rappahannock River. In June, McCleary discussed the march that would lead him to Gettysburg. The collection also contains a photo of McCleary and a letter dated 25 February 1864, notifying John McCleary that his brother's tombstone will be placed once the ground thaws.

Scope and Contents note

Civil War diary by a Pennsylvania soldier. The diary begins on January 1, 1863 and includes daily entries until McCleary's death during the battle of Gettysburg. Entries remark upon day to day activities and duties, weather and housing conditions, movement orders, leadership changes, and rumors concerning the war. McCleary's unit was stationed at Belle Plain, Virginia, until late April, when it began moving to the Chancellorsville area on the Rappahannock River. In June, McCleary discussed the march that would lead him to Gettysburg. The collection also contains a photo of McCleary and a letter dated 25 February 1864, notifying John McCleary that his brother's tombstone will be placed once the ground thaws.

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Preferred Citation:

Jack McCleary diary, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of William M. Evans, 2003; additional gift from Charles Richards, 2009

Biographical/Historical note

Jack McCleary (b. 1839) entered Battery "B" of the 1st Pennsylvania Army as a private on October 6, 1861. During his time in Battery "B", he participated in engagements on the James-York River peninsula (Mechanicsville, Beaver Dam Creek), Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. He was killed at the battle of Gettysburg.

Box 1548 Folder 2

Diary, James H. McCleary, January-July 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58374

Letter from Cannon and Adair, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to James McCleary, February 25, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58375

Tintype portrait photograph of Civil War soldier, James McCleary, in uniform, circa 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58376