MS - 026: Aide-de-camp to General John E. Wool, Civil War Diary

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MS - 026: Aide-de-Camp to General John E. Wool, Civil War Diary

(1 box, .27 cubic feet)

Inclusive Date: 1862

Processed by: Leia Dunn

July 2001

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Provenance: Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, 2000


An unknown Civil War officer authored the diary. He was an aide-de-camp to General John E. Wool, and was stationed at Fort Monroe.  He had a servant at camp by the name of Philip, and he wrote to his wife Maggie and other friends and relatives who lived in Troy, New York, where he had most likely enlisted.  He also corresponded with his brother Fred Cross/Crop who resided in London, England.

Scope and Content Notes:

The Civil War diary depicts a Union staff officer’s day-to-day life throughout the year of 1862.  It gives some information on the Merrimac’s naval battles and also the action that took place at South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam.  Located in the back of the diary are a few addresses of friends/relatives in Troy and his brother Fred’s address in London.   

Link to Full Finding Aid - PDF