A Guide to the Albert C. Fitch Diary, 1861-1862, 1960
A carpenter by profession, Albert Clark Fitch (1829-1917) was born in Ashville, New York on May 21, 1829. Fitch lived in Somonauk, Illinois , with his wife Ellen Amelia Beardsley (b. ca. 1831), whom he married in 1852. The couple had four children, none of whom survived into adulthood. During the Civil War, Fitch enlisted in Company E of the 13th Illinois Infantry regiment, under Captain Frederick W. Partridge. Fitch’s unit was known as the “Sandwich Rifles.” After he mustered out on June 15, 1864, Fitch and his wife moved to Hiawatha, Kansas. Shortly after Ellen’s death in 1884, he married Eliza Jane Mosely, with whom he had two children. Toward the end of this life, Fitch lived in Hugo, Colorado, where he died on March 25, 1917.
The Albert C. Fitch Diary, 1861-1862, 1960, documents Fitch’s experiences as a soldier in Company E of the 13th Illinois Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Spanning from May 5, 1861, to June 16, 1862, the diary describes marching throughout Illinois, Missouri, and the trans-Mississippi area. Additionally, Fitch discusses guarding Confederate prisoners and his encounter with General Nathaniel Lyons, among others. Also included is an annotated transcript of the diary by Thomas L. Charlton in 1960.
This collection is open for research use.
Albert C. Fitch Diary, 1861-1862, 1960, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by M.J. Ellison, March 1976.
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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