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Diaries, 1861 - 1878

 Collection — Box: 1

Scope and Content

From the Collection:

The collection consists of two volumes of a manuscript diary, copied in 1865 of entries that George W. Bonsall wrote between May 23, 1861 (his 16th birthday) and 1865, during the American Civil War. He continues the diary sporatically after the war, with entries indicating his marriage in 1876 and the birth of his daughter in 1877. Bonsall writes in detail about his regiment's movements throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia during the war (particularly 1863 and 1864), but they never engaged in a battle with the Confederates. Bonsall also writes about working as a mason building dormitories for a new college in Berea, Kentucky, in 1869.


  • 1861 - 1878


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.


From the Collection: 0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US