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Robert Hopkins Davison Civil War diaries


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Robert Hopkins Davison Civil War diaries, 1862-1895 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Aaron M. Lisec

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Title: Robert Hopkins Davison Civil War diaries, 1862-1895Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1862-1865

ID: 1/6/MSS 350

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Chronologically by folder in one box.

Date Acquired: 05/13/2015

Subjects: Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865

Forms of Material: Diaries.

Languages: English


Civil War diaries and related papers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Loose and bound diary segments covering parts or most of 1862-1865.  One or more letters and diary fragments with other Civil War related papers.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Hopkins Davison was born in 1834 in Ohio and enlisted in August 1862 in Mattoon, Illinois, mustering into Company E, 97th Illinois Infantry.  The regiment served in the Vicksburg campaign and in Louisiana and Alabama before it was mustered out at Galveston, Texas in July 1865.  Davison arrived back in Mattoon at the end of August, settled in Jasper County, Illinois, and died in 1916.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Herbert K. Russell

Acquisition Method: Donation.

Preferred Citation: Robert Hopkins Davison Civil War diaries, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Diary, 1862-1863Add to your cart.
Diary segments covering May-July 1862, December 1862 to March 1863, and September-October 1863.  Records the deaths of men in Company E including 1st lt. George C. Harding (March 1863) and Private Henry C. Brooks (January 1863), both from Hidalgo, Jasper County, Illinois.
Folder 2: Diary, 1862-1863Add to your cart.
Single bound diary that begins in March 1863 and ends in December 1862.  Describes surrender of Vicksburg in July 1863.
Folder 3: Diary, 1864 July-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Diary, 1864 September-NovemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Diary, 1865 April-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters, Diary Fragments, Other PapersAdd to your cart.
Includes letter of November 2, 1863, from Robert H. Davison, New Orleans, to his brother.  4 pp., ALS.
Folder 7: Supporting MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Copy of photo of three unidentified soldiers; article from September-October 2014 Illinois Heritage on Davison diaries in which photo appears.  Genealogical information (online) on Robert Hopkins Davison.
Item 1: Black document case, Civil War EraAdd to your cart.

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