University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Arthur E. Gilligan Diary, 1864-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gilligan, Arthur E., 1846-1922
Title: Gilligan, Arthur E., Diary
Dates: 1964-1865
Abstract: Comprised of a typed transcript, the Arthur E. Gilligan Diary, 1864-1865, documents Gilligan’s capture in Louisiana and experiences as a prisoner of war at Camp Ford, Texas.
Accession No.: 1960
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, soldier Arthur E. Gilligan (1846-1922) first enlisted to fight in the Civil War at age 16. After seeing little military action with the 8th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, Company H, he re-enrolled in late 1863 with the 3rd Rhode Island Volunteer Cavalry and was eventually promoted to sergeant. On January 24, 1865, during a campaign to capture the Red River Valley and Shreveport, Louisiana, he surrendered as a prisoner of war and was held at Camp Ford, Texas, until May 1865. Following the war, Gilligan attended business college in Springfield, Massachusetts and worked alternately as a textile plant foreman and railroad car inspector. In 1869, he married Mary Louisa Delaney, with whom he had six children.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of a typed transcript, the Arthur E. Gilligan Diary, 1864-1865, documents Gilligan’s capture in Louisiana and experiences as a prisoner of war at Camp Ford, Texas. Additionally, the typescript includes a biographical prologue by Gilligan’s grandson and histories of the 8th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and 3rd Rhode Island Volunteer Cavalry.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gilligan, Arthur E., 1846-1922 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1864)
United States. Army. Rhode Island Cavalry Regiment, 3rd (1863-1865)
Places
Camp Ford (Tex.)
United States -- History -- Civil War-- 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons
Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arthur E. Gilligan Diary, 1864-1865, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by Joe P. Smyer, 1960.

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

 

Inventory:

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2Q519 Diary 1864-1865