University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the L. H. Graves Diary, 1861-1864

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Graves, L. H.
Title: Graves, L. H. Diary
Dates: 1861-1864
Abstract: Diary kept by L. H. Graves, Confederate soldier, during the Civil War. Diary relates to Company K, 6th Texas Cavalry; training and movements through Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi; Graves’s wounding at Corinth and being taken prisoner.
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

L. H. Graves, from Collin County, Texas, was a Lieutenant in Captain J. W. Throckmorton’s Company K, Sixth Texas Cavalry, one of four regiments composing Ross’s Brigade. He began keeping his diary when he first set out from Texas to join the command of Brigadier General Benjamin McCulloch in 1861. He was present at the battle of Pea Ridge (Benton County) in March 1862 and followed his regiment east of the Mississippi during the weeks following the engagement. Graves was seriously wounded in the fighting at Corinth, Mississippi, in October of that year and spent the next few months recuperating as a prisoner of the Union at Iuka, Mississippi. He did not rejoin his regiment until May 1, 1863, at Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Scope and Contents

The L. H. Graves Diary, 1861-1864, is a photocopy of an original, relating to Company K, 6th Texas Cavalry, as well as training and movements through Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. The diary also describes Graves’ wounding at Corinth, Mississippi, and his experiences after being taken prisoner.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Graves, L. H.--Diaries.
McCulloch, Ben, 1811-1862
Throckmorton, J. W. (James Webb), 1825-1894
Van Dorn, Earl, 1820-1863
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 6th
Collin County (Tex.)
Franklin County (Ark.)
Hopkins County (Ark.)
Sherman (Ark.)
Corinth (Miss.)
Iuka (Miss.)
Vicksburg (Miss.)
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons

Related Material

See also George L. Griscom Diary, 1861-1863.

See also Rose (Victor M.) Papers, 1832-1887.

See also Confederate States of America Records.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

L. H. Graves Diary, 1861-1864, 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



2R5 Diary, 1861-1864