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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Diary and Bible, 1861-1863

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.

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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.

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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.

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Index Terms

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

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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.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Diary and Bible, 1861-1863

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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.

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