Francis A. Robinson Civil War Diary | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
One diary, very poor condition, partially illegible, covering the period from May, 1864, to February, 1865. Francis A. Robinson served from May to September, 1864, in the 133rd Illinois Infantry, assigned to guard Confederate prisoners at Rock Island, Illinois. Brief entries describe daily routine at the prison, weather, illness among the regiment, and personal expenses. Several instances of prisoners shot by guards are recorded.
The remainder of the diary covers farming activities in eastern Champaign County, Illinois, during the fall and winter months, including trading in goods and chores such as making molasses and apple butter, chopping wood, mending a sheep pen, and slaughtering hogs.
Also includes a typed transcription (20 pp.) of the diary portion between May and October, 1864, with an explanatory introduction.