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Joel H. Jenks Diary

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2010-062

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the Civil War dairy of Joel H. Jenks, 78th Illinois infantry, beginning January 1, 1865 through December 31, 1865. The diary does not contain battle descriptions, but does record the movements of the 78th Illinois during the Carolina campaign until early March, when Jenks is shipped out to a Hospital due to “Rheumatism.” The diary often contains descriptions of the weather and “grub,” as well as his own activities in camp or the hospital ward. Jenks continues the diary after the war, and describes waiting to be mustered, his return to his wife and family, and setting up Singing Schools in Plano, Il.

Highlights of the diary include his reaction to the end of the war, President Lincoln’s assassination, and his visitation of Lincoln’s body while it lay in state in Columbus, OH.

A transcript of the diary is available in the collection.

Dates

  • 1865

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Joel H. Jenks was born about 1836 in Ohio and enlisted in the 78th Illinois Infantry in Aug, 1862. He was mustered into the service as a private and was promoted to the rank of musician. His service record lists him as a farmer at the time of enlistment, but is reported as a jeweler the 1880 census. According to the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Jenks also served as Kendall County surveyor from 1872-1879. He and his wife Olivia M. Jenks had one son, Frank. Both Joel and Olivia are listed in the 1910 census.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection contains the Civil War diary of Joel H. Jenks, 78th Illinois Infantry, spanning 1865. Entries discuss the weather, food, and daily activities in the camp and hospital ward.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Source of Acquisition

The Joel H. Jenks Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 2010.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Joel H. Jenks Diary by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Joel H. Jenks Diary was completed in September 2010.

Title
A Guide to the Joel H. Jenks Diary,
Status
Completed
Author
Kimberly Staub
Date
©2010 By Virginina Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2021-01-19: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308