University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James J. Kirkpatrick Diary, 1861-1864



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kirkpatrick, James J., 1839-1924 -- Archives
Title: Kirkpatrick, James J., Diary
Dates: 1861-1864
Abstract: Consisting of an original diary and photocopies as well as correspondence, the James J. Kirkpatrick Diary, 1861-1864, chronicles the experiences of a soldier in the 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment.
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Pennsylvania, James J. Kirkpatrick (1839-1924) graduated from Washington and Lee College in 1859 before moving to Missouri to study law. The next year he moved to Mississippi, where he taught school until joining the 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment at the outbreak of the Civil War. He fought in numerous important battles, such as the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Wilderness. During the Siege of Petersburg, Kirkpatrick was in the vicinity of the mine blown by Union forces and was subsequently captured. After the war he returned to Mississippi and became a successful cotton planter until returning to Missouri to farm.


Scope and Contents

Consisting of an original diary and photocopies as well as correspondence, the James J. Kirkpatrick Diary, 1861-1864, chronicles the experiences of a soldier in the 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Kirkpatrick documents daily military life as well as numerous engagements, notably the Second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and the Siege of Petersburg, at which he was captured. Additionally, his diary describes life as a prisoner of war, while correspondence from Kirkpatrick’s son provides biographical information.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kirkpatrick, James J., 1839-1924 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Mississippi Infantry Regiment, 16th
Subjects
Soldiers -- Mississippi -- Diaries
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862
Antietam, Battle of Md., 1862
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862
Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863
Gettysburg, Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864
Places
Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives -- Confederate
Petersburg (Va.) -- History -- Siege, 1864-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James J. Kirkpatrick Diary, 1861-1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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2E293 James J. Kirkpatrick Diary, 1861-1864