A Guide to the I. F. Cavaness Diary, 1862-1865
I. F. Cavaness (1841-1885) was a doctor and soldier, who fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. During the Maryland Campaign (1862), the Union Army captured him. After being paroled, Cavaness fought in several more battles and skirmishes, until his capture at Fort Harrison in Richmond, Virigina, in 1864. Once again, he was paroled and returned to fighting in Virginia, including at the Siege of Petersburg (1865), until the end of the war.
A typed diary transcription composes the I. F. Cavaness Diary, 1862-1865, kept by Cavaness during his service in the Civil War. The diary describes battles and skirmishes in Maryland; Goldsboro, North Carolina; Chicahominy, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Richmond, Virginia; and surrounding areas. Additionally, the diary discusses Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia.
This collection is open for research use.
I. F. Cavaness Diary, 1862-1865, 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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