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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Alfred Morris diary W.0115

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

January 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-10T14:48-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Alfred Morris diary

Unit ID:

W.0115

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1862-1863

Location:

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

Abstract:

Diary written by Union soldier Alfred Morris, containing entries written between October 1862 and September 1863.

General Physical Description note

Diary is fragile, and pages are separating from the spine.

creator

Morris, Alfred, 1843-1865

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Alfred Morris diary, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron, 2013

General note

Title on Spine: A Morris' Diary 1862-63, Co. H. 19th Iowa

Access Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

Alfred Morris was born on November 13, 1843, in Van Buren County, Iowa. On August 21, 1862, Morris enlisted in Company H of the Ninteenth Iowa Infantry, where he served as a regimental fifer. As a member of the regiment, Morris participated in the Battle of Prairie Grove, the Siege of Vicksburg, the capture of Yazoo City, Mississippi, and the Battle of Sterling's Plantation. Morris died on March 1, 1865, in Van Buren County, Iowa.

Scope and Contents note

Alfred Morris's diary contains entries written from October 12, 1862 to September 5, 1863. The diary of this Union soldier contains two sets of entries; the first set describes the company's movement through Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. These entries, written between October 12, 1862 and September 5, 1863, describe the Battle of Prairie Grove, the Siege of Vicksburg, and the capture of Yazoo City, Mississippi. The second set of entries are more religious in tone, describing the prayer meetings that Morris attended between February 3 and May 21 1864. The second set of entries appear in a non-linear order, with the earliest entries in this section are written on the final twenty pages with later entries appear on the nineteen pages immediately before the earlier ones. Morris's diary also includes lists of personal expenses; letters written and received; and regimental casualties.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Diaries (aat)

Iowa (lcsh)

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

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

Diary Box W0115.01