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Charles Spencer diary, 1862-1865

Author: Charles Spencer
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Manuscript : Microfilm : English
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Diary, 4 pocket volumes, 1862-1865, kept by Charles Spencer before, during, and after his service in the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, U.S. Army. In his very brief daily entries, Spencer always recorded the weather and his activities for the day; he often noted his petty expenses and mail he received. Spencer's entries before 1862 chronicle his activities outside his employment in a bank in Massachusetts. Entries  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Named Person: Mary Parker; Charles Spencer; John Spencer
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Spencer
OCLC Number: 26243037
Notes: In the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#1904).
Originals returned to private owner in 1951.
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina, 1983. 1 microfilm reel : positive ; 35 mm.
Description: 4 items.
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Diary, 4 pocket volumes, 1862-1865, kept by Charles Spencer before, during, and after his service in the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, U.S. Army. In his very brief daily entries, Spencer always recorded the weather and his activities for the day; he often noted his petty expenses and mail he received. Spencer's entries before 1862 chronicle his activities outside his employment in a bank in Massachusetts. Entries from August 1862 to April 1865 describe his activities as a clerk in the army, stationed near Suffolk, Va., and briefly near New Bern, N.C. A few entries report skirmishing nearby, but more are devoted to the illness of his brother, John Spencer, in 1863; the illness of his fiancee, Mary Parker, in 1865; and to his work and social activities. Entries after April 1865 describe Spencer's work and family life in Portsmouth and Richmond, Va. Printed matter at the beginning of each volume includes an almanac with postage rates, interest rates, eclipses, a calendar, the phases of the moon, and other similar information.

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