Treasure Chest Thursday: My Great-Great-Grandfather’s Diary

A treasure that our family possesses is the well-worn pocket diary that belonged to our Civil War ancestor. He must have bought it right before being mustered out. At the top of the first page, he wrote August the 4 1865.

The first few pages list the men in Company G, 93rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Probably he wanted to note all their names so he would remember them. After three years together, I imagine they all felt very close. The first name in the list is Jerome Spilman, Capt.

The names fill the first twelve pages of the diary. He breaks it down into officers, enlisted men, those that died, those that were discharged, ones that were transferred and ones that deserted.

I sure wish the diary included details from all the years he was in the Union Army. Maybe he had an earlier one but it was lost while he was in Andersonville Prison. You can read more about Andersonville here.

The diary that Abraham Tower recorded the names of the men he served with in the Civil War

The diary that Abraham Tower recorded the names of the men he served with in the Civil War

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6 thoughts on “Treasure Chest Thursday: My Great-Great-Grandfather’s Diary

  1. Wow, that really is a treasure! Oh how I wish that more of our ancestors had held on to diaries and letters. I’m interested to read more about his time in Andersonville.

  2. Bob Gates says:

    Nice treasure!! My great, great Grandfather, Abraham Miller, was also in the 93rd, Company B. He was shot in the throat at Memphis, mustered out on August 10th, 1865, and died a few months later from complications.

  3. Dana Hubbard says:

    my great grandfather Charles H Hubbard 93rd Indiana company A was also at Andersonville. I have little information about his service except that we used to celebrate December 10th with a dinner as the day he was released.

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