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Label
1861-1862
Inclusive dates
1861-1862
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Transcript of the diary, 1861-1862, by Samuel Alonzo Pitts (1827-1893). The account is for a soldier initially stationed at Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia, but later the diary reports of activity in Williamsburg, Mechanicsville, and along the Northern Neck of Virginia. Contains information concerning weather conditions, military encounters at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, Charleston, South Carolina, military duties, naval maneuvers and engagements, mental and physical health of soldiers, statements by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, visits by Virginia Governor Letcher, Union volunteer soldiers, troop engagements and casualties, Union and Confederate troop movements, mutiny, spying, the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg, Md.), the Battle of Hampton Roads (Va.), the Battle of Malvern Hill (Va.), the Battle of Williamsburg (Va.), and the Battle of South Mountain (Va.). Ambiguity and authenticity questions exist concerning the transcription and the author of the diary. No record in the Civil War Unit Histories of Samuel Alonzo Pitts having fought for any Union division; although, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in January 1893. In pencil on the back of the last page is "William H. Chase, 76th Regiment, New York Volunteers." While Chase as a member of the 76th Regiment of New York Volunteers could have been the author, there is no definitive proof within the diary to authenticate the claim. He was promoted on June 5th 1862, but there is no mention in the diary of a promotion
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Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Diary
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
25
Immediate source of acquisition
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http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000499134
Reproduction note
Photocopies.
Type of unit
leaves.

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