Francis A. Robinson Civil War Diary
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Brief Description:

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.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/8/1934
Created by: Robinson, Francis A. (c. 1830-1892)
Volume: 1.0 Folders
Acquired: 02/00/2008.
Arrangement: One folder.
Biographical Note for Robinson, Francis A. (c. 1830-1892) : Born in Indiana, Francis A. Robinson married Elizabeth J. Kiger in 1856 in Vermilion County, Illinois.  At the 1860 census the Robinsons had one son, William, aged two.  By 1862, the Robinsons had moved to Homer, in Champaign County, Illinois.  Francis enlisted in 1862 for 100 days in the 71st Illinois Infantry.  In 1864, he enlisted for 100 days in the 133rd Illinois.  The 1870 census found the Robinsons in Jasper County, Missouri, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
Subject Index
Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Charles Apfelbaum  purchase