A Guide to the L. H. Graves Diary, 1861-1864
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.
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.
The collection is open for research use.
L. H. Graves Diary, 1861-1864, 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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