A Guide to the E. W. Chambers Diary, [ca. 1857]-1956
Born in Indiana, Elijah Windsor Chambers (1840-1892) was one of thirteen children to Elisha and Margaret Ann (Mannon) Chambers, including William Clinton (1836-1862), James Milton Chambers (1844-1862), and Elizabeth Bryan. Elijah, William, and James served together in Captain John W. Kolfus’s company of the 16th Texas Cavalry Volunteer Regiment in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1866, E. W. Chambers married M. M. McPherson, with whom he had several children.
The E. W. Chambers Diary, [ca. 1857]-1956, chronicles the daily military life of Elijah Windsor Chambers during his service in Captain John W. Kolfus’s company of the 16th Texas Cavalry Volunteer Regiment in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The diary also contains writings by J. Milton Houston, [ca. 1857], as well as a listing of Chambers family births and deaths from 1810 to 1956. Additionally, the collection includes a transcript of the diary, transcripts of letters from Chambers to his sister Elizabeth Bryan, 1862-1863, as well as photocopies of military records and a family photograph.
This collection is open for research use.
The donor retains copyright of collection, and permission from donor required for publication of materials.
E. W. Chambers Diary, [ca. 1857]-1956, 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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