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Paisley, Johnson M. : Johnson M. Paisley papers, 1862-1865

Two diaries, two cased ambrotype portraits, regimental travel record, and a miniature book of poetry belonging to Johnson M. Paisley, a Union soldier from Hillsboro, Montgomery Co., Ill. Pocket diaries, the first dating Aug. 15, 1862-May 13, 1863 and Jan. 1-7, 1864, and the second dating Jan. 1, 1864-Feb. 8, 1865, contain brief daily entries noting the weather, regimental movements and engagements, deaths and illnesses, letters to and from home, religious services, meals, foraging, etc. Paisley also comments on the destruction of railroads and towns, crowds of Negroes on the banks of the Mississippi, and Confederate prisoners. The diaries also contain accounts, copies of good-bye letters from family, and a letter from Paisley, Feb. 8, 1865, regarding sending the completed diary home and his future. The regimental travel account, 1862-1865, records places traveled to and from, the means of travel, total miles, and remarks (engagements, deaths, etc.). Ambrotypes, ca. 1862, include full-length (with rifle) and sitting portraits of Paisley in uniform.
Extent: 0.2 linear feet - (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Paisley
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