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Guide to the Charles Ellis Diary MSS.2819

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Author:

Finding aid prepared by James N. Gilbreath

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

August 2010

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-09-10T10:50-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Charles Ellis Diary

Unit ID:

MSS.2819

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1865

Abstract:

Diary written by First Sergeant Charles Ellis of the 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The diary contains daily notes concerning regimental duty in Huntsville, Alabama in 1865.

Preferred Citation:

Charles Ellis Diary, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains one leather-bound "Daily Pocket Diary for the Year 1865." The diary was kept by First Sergeant Charles Ellis. Writings in the diary concern company roll call, items sent from home, and movements of the regiment. Noted in the diary is the assassination of President Lincoln.

Biographical/Historical note

As recorded in History of the Ninety-Sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, by Charles A. Partridge, 1887, Charles Ellis was born in Mancester, England around 1846. Ellis was a cabinet maker and enlisted in Waukegan, Illinois. He was promoted to Corporal in March, 1863; to Sergeant on September 21, 1863; and to First Sergeant on May 27, 1865. He participated in every engagement of the regiment except Rocy Face Ridge, and he was "slightly wounded" in the leg at Chickamauga. As of 1887, he was a janitor at 116 E. Monroe Street, Chicago.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, 2009

Processing Information:

Processed by

James N. Gilbreath, August, 2010

Source(s)

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Diary Box SC0042 Folder 2819.1