A Guide to the Edward Richardson Crockett Diary, 1864-1865, undated
Born in Decatur, Alabama, Edward Richardson Crockett (1834-1917) settled in Oso, Texas, around 1853 and married Agnes Mercer, with whom he had three children. During the Civil War, he enlisted in Company F, Fourth Texas Infantry, Hood’s Brigade of the Confederate Army, rising to the rank of captain. Wounded seven times and imprisoned twice, Crockett fought at the battles of Gettysburg, Chickamauga, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, among a hundred other engagements. Following the war, he operated a farm near Manor and later near Georgetown.
Comprising a volume of Photostats, the Edward Richardson Crockett Diary, 1864-1865, undated, documents Crockett’s Confederate service in Company F of Hood’s Brigade during the Civil War. The journal primarily describes the activities of Hood’s Brigade and the battles of Cold Harbor, Spotsylvania Court House, and the Wilderness. The diary also contains a muster roll for Company F, poems by Crockett, an ordinance report for April 1864, and a missive to his wife about letters he received. Furthermore, a brief, undated biography about Crockett by Fannie Crockett prefaces the diary.
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Edward Richardson Crockett Diary, 1864-1865, undated, 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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