Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Alexander Hobbs Diary and Bible, 1861-1863



Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Hobbs Diary and Bible
Dates: 1861-1863
Abstract: The Hobbs diary records his experiences as a volunteer recruit in New England, his participation in the Battle of Galveston, and his life as a prisoner in Houston, 1862-1863.
Identification: MS 370
Quantity: 2 lin. inches (2 bound volumes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center,  Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Alexander Hobbs was a 21 year old private, a volunteer recruit in the 42nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment of the Union Army. He was captured on 1 January 1863 at the Union defeat in the Battle of Galveston, and subsequently held prisoner in Houston. He later proceeded to Union-controlled New Orleans where he remained on parole until the 42nd Massachusettes was officially discharged on August 20 1863.


Scope and Contents

The Hobbs diary records his experiences as a volunteer recruit in New England, his participation in the Battle of Galveston, and his life as a prisoner in Houston. Included in the collection is the Bible he apparently carried with him during this period. The Bible contains notes of soldiers' deaths and burials, and a rough list of the dates Hobbs arrived at various locations during his Civil War service.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Hobbs diary must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hobbs, Alexander
Subjects
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
Formats
Diary

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander Hobbs Diary, 1862-1863, MS 370, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Goodspeed's, Boston, Massachusettes, November 1982, with funds provided by Mr. & Mrs. Edgar E. Lackner.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Diary and Bible, 1861-1863

folder
1 Diary: leather bound volume, 5" x 7", handwritten in pencil, approx. 80 pages, 1862-1863.
Bible: leather bound volume, 3.75" x 2.5", with annotations, published 1861.