A Guide to the John Thomas Diaries, 1864-1865
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).
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.
The collection is open for research use.
John Thomas Diaries, 1864-1865, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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