University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Thomas Diaries, 1864-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thomas, John
Title: Thomas, John, Diaries
Dates: 1864-1865
Abstract: John Thomas was a soldier of the 47th Indiana Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. The Civil War diaries (1864-1865) relate to the Regiment's daily activities and rumors of national current events, such as the attempted assassination of William Seward.
Extent: 2 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Thomas, of Bluffton, Indiana, was a soldier in Company “A” of the 47th Indiana Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. Organized in 1862, the regiment, led by Colonel James R. Slack, participated in engagements at Fort Thompson, Riddles’ Point, Fort Pillow, Vicksburg, Champion Hills, the Red River, and Mobile, Alabama. Following the regiment’s return to Indiana, Thomas mustered out of the company on October 23, 1865 as a corporal.

Source: 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, http://home.comcast.net/~klindsey/47thindiana.htm (accessed June 3, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Civil War diaries (1864-1865) of John Thomas relate to the 47th Indiana Volunteer Regiment's daily activities and rumors of national current events, such as the attempted assassination of William Seward. The collection consists of transcripts of the original diaries.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Thomas, John -- Archives.
Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872.
Subjects
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863.
Champion Hill, Battle of, Miss., 1863.
Red River Expedition, 1864.
Places
Mobile (Ala.) -- History -- Siege, 1865.
New Orleans (La.)
Shreveport (La.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Thomas Diaries, 1864-1865, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R211 Diary, 1864
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2R212 Diary, 1865