Wisconsin Civil War Diaries and Correspondence

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

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Current Diaries:

  • Dr. James Theodore Reeve (1834-1906) - Transcription and Page Review needed
  • Willard W. Felton Diary, 1862 - Transcription and Page Review needed
  • William P. Moore, Civil War diary, 1861-1862 - Transcription and Page Review needed
  • Diaries of Rufus Dawes (1838-1899) - Page Review Needed
  • Diary of Orin M. Jameson (1841-1864) - Page Review Needed
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Correspondence - Page Review Needed
  • Diaries of William Henry Baker (1843–1898) - Page Review Needed
  • Emilie Quiner's Diary, 1861-1863 - Transcription 100% Complete. Thank You!
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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: 70% transcribed, 30% 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: 26% transcribed, 10% 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: 40% transcribed, 5% needs review
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: 92% transcribed, 8% 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: 81% transcribed, 19% needs review
Rufus R. Dawes Diary, Vol. 1

Rufus R. Dawes Diary, Vol. 1

Rufus Dawes (1838-1899) was just 22 years old when the war broke out. He rose from captain of a company of Wisconsin lumberjacks to colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry and a leader of the Iron Brigade. The first volume of his diary is not a daily journal but rather contains long narratives of...

102 pages: 93% transcribed, 7% needs review
Rufus R. Dawes Diary, Vol. 2

Rufus R. Dawes Diary, Vol. 2

Rufus Dawes (1838-1899) was just 20 years old when the war broke out. He rose from captain of a company of Wisconsin lumberjacks to colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry and a leader of the Iron Brigade. The first volume of his diary is not a daily journal but rather contains long narratives of...

88 pages: 93% transcribed, 7% needs review
Willard W. Felton Diary, 1862

Willard W. Felton Diary, 1862

Willard Felton (1844?-1862) was 18 years old when he enlisted as a private in Co. F of the 18th Wisconsin Infantry on February 24, 1862. Six weeks later he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Shiloh and five months after that he died in a Confederate prison at Macon, Georgia. Feltons short diary...

87 pages: 17% transcribed, 8% needs review
William Henry Baker Diary, 1864

William Henry Baker Diary, 1864

William Henry Baker (1843–1898), a farmer from the town of Linden in Iowa County, was still a teenager when he began keeping these diaries. He served as a private in Co. B of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry. The diaries were written in Camp Randall, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Kentucky. Baker saw no...

170 pages: 79% transcribed, 21% needs review
William P. Moore, Civil War diary, 1861-1862

William P. Moore, Civil War diary, 1861-1862

William P. Moore (1827-1862) was born in Indiana, moved to Wisconsin in 1847, and enlisted from Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin. He was chosen captain of Co. G, 10th Infantry, also known as the Jackson County Rifles, which left for the front on Oct. 8, 1861. In his diary he describes...

70 pages: 97% transcribed
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