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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Adam H. Whetstone diary W.0080


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

November 2013


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Adam H. Whetstone diary

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


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The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Contains the diary of Confederate soldier Adam H. Whetstone of Prattville, Alabama


Whetstone, Adam Henry


Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Adam H. Whetstone diary, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Haley Aaron, 2013

General note

Title on Spine: Confederate Diary of A. H. Whetstone

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Biographical/Historical note

Adam H. Whetstone was born on December 2, 1824, in Autauga County, Alabama. On June 10, 1842, he married Mary L. Huie and had three children. After her death, he married Mary L. Hine (1825-1895) and had three more children. During the Civil War, Whetstone served as a corporal in the Fifty-third Regiment of Alabama Partisan Rangers. Whetstone died on October 20, 1905.

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection and the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library have other Civil War-era diaries. Please see staff for assistance.

Scope and Contents note

Adam H. Whetstone, a member of the Fifty-third Alabama Regiment, wrote the entries in his diary between July 24, 1864, and his parole and return home on May 17, 1865. He described the regiment's movements through Georgia and South Carolina. With the exception of a narrow escape and a skirmish near Atlanta on November 9, 1864, there are few mentions of interaction with Union forces. Instead, many of Whetstone's diary entries describe the social excursions that he participated in with other soldiers. While Whetstone recorded little direct military action within his own regiment, he did discuss war-related news. Notable entries include Whetstone's reactions to the evacuation of Richmond and General Lee's surrender.

The diary ends with a final update written on December 25, 1865, in which Whetstone reported the death of his only son. "Since the 17th of May I have wrote nothing, but have seen more trouble than in all my life before," Whetstone wrote.


Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Civil War (localbroad)

Diaries (aat)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate (lcsh)

Diary Box W0080.01