Wisconsin Civil War Diaries and Correspondence

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A selection of diaries written by Wisconsin soldiers and donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Current Diaries:

  • Diaries of Van S. Bennett, Captain of Company I, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment
  • Diaries of Rufus Dawes (1838-1899), Colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry and a leader of the Iron Brigade
  • Diaries of William Henry Baker (1843–1898), a Private in Co. B of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Correspondence, letters by members of Laura's family detailing their war experiences
  • Diary of Orin M. Jameson (1841-1864), Company G, 17th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment.
  • Dr. James Theodore Reeve (1834-1906), surgeon of the 10th Wisconsin Infantry and later of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry.
  • Emilie Quiner's Diary, 1861-1863, describing her work as a nurse in the South after the surrender at Fort Sumpter.

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Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 1, 1863-1864

Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 1, 1863-1864

Diaries (1863-1864) of Captain Van S. Bennett of Company I, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, giving accounts of the Siege of Vicksburg and other campaigns while a member of Sherman's army in Mississippi and Georgia, and his observations of the activities of the Union soldiers he served with.

418 pages: 99% transcribed, 1% needs review
Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 2, 1864

Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 2, 1864

Diaries (1863-1864) of Captain Van S. Bennett of Company I, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, giving accounts of the Siege of Vicksburg and other campaigns while a member of Sherman's army in Mississippi and Georgia, and his observations of the activities of the Union soldiers he served with.

30 pages: 97% transcribed, 3% needs review
Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 3, 1864

Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 3, 1864

Diaries (1863-1864) of Captain Van S. Bennett of Company I, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, giving accounts of the Siege of Vicksburg and other campaigns while a member of Sherman's army in Mississippi and Georgia, and his observations of the activities of the Union soldiers he served with.

40 pages: 98% transcribed, 3% needs review
Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 4, 1864

Diaries of Van Bennett, Vol. 4, 1864

Diaries (1863-1864) of Captain Van S. Bennett of Company I, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, giving accounts of the Siege of Vicksburg and other campaigns while a member of Sherman's army in Mississippi and Georgia, and his observations of the activities of the Union soldiers he served with.

43 pages: 88% transcribed, 12% needs review
Diary of Orin M. Jameson, Jan. 1- Aug. 7, 1864

Diary of Orin M. Jameson, Jan. 1- Aug. 7, 1864

Diary of Orin Jameson, Company G, 17th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, describing army life in Tennessee, northern Alabama, and near Atlanta where he was killed on August 7, 1864.

133 pages: 69% transcribed, 31% needs review
Dr. James Theodore Reeve, Miscellaneous Medical Records, 1863-1865, pt. 1

Dr. James Theodore Reeve, Miscellaneous Medical Records, 1863-1865, pt. 1

Appleton doctor James T. Reeve (1834-1906) was the surgeon of the 10th Wisconsin Infantry and later of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry. His diaries encompass the years 1861 to 1865, with several months missing. The first volume covers November 1, 1861 to May 5, 1862 and describes his first months in...

163 pages: 6% transcribed, 1% needs review
Dr. James Theodore Reeve, Miscellaneous Medical Records, 1863-1865, pt. 2

Dr. James Theodore Reeve, Miscellaneous Medical Records, 1863-1865, pt. 2

Appleton doctor James T. Reeve (1834-1906) was the surgeon of the 10th Wisconsin Infantry and later of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry. His diaries encompass the years 1861 to 1865, with several months missing. The first volume covers November 1, 1861 to May 5, 1862 and describes his first months in...

121 pages: 39% transcribed
Dr. James Theodore Reeve, Private Journal, 1863-1864

Dr. James Theodore Reeve, Private Journal, 1863-1864

Appleton doctor James T. Reeve (1834-1906) was the surgeon of the 10th Wisconsin Infantry and later of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry. His diaries encompass the years 1861 to 1865, with several months missing. The first volume covers November 1, 1861 to May 5, 1862 and describes his first months in...

135 pages: 89% transcribed, 11% needs review
Emilie Quiner's Diary, 1861-1863

Emilie Quiner's Diary, 1861-1863

Emily Quiner (1840-1919) was the daughter of E.B. Quiner, whose history and scrapbooks are also available here. Emily began keeping a diary when Fort Sumter surrendered on April 14, 1861. Its first 130 pages describe the home front in Madison, but in June 1863 Quiner decided to accompany her...

177 pages: 2% transcribed, 1% needs review
Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Correspondence

Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Correspondence

Most of these letters by relatives of Laura Ingalls Wilder were written to her uncle and aunt, Charles and Martha Carpenter (Martha Carpenter was the sister of Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Laura's mother and "Ma Ingalls" in the Little House books). At the time most of the letters were written,...

67 pages: 45% transcribed, 55% needs review
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