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Civil War Diary of John W. Chambers, 1863

Civil War Diary of John W. Chambers, 1863

Title

Civil War Diary of John W. Chambers, 1863

Description

The diary contains brief entries detailing his experiences in camp, on marches, and at battle, as well as entries made while in the regimental hospital. The final entries recording Chambers' illness and death are written in a different hand. The memoranda pages at the back of the diary include a note about his enlistment and other men who enlisted at the same time. Also at the back of the diary are notes about expenses. John W. Chambers (1840-1863) was born in Guyandotte, Ohio and later moved to Burlington, Iowa. He served as a private in Company E, 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry from 1862 to 1863. The regiment was stationed in Memphis, Tennessee, and later in Louisiana and Mississippi, and they took part in the siege of Vicksburg. The regiment also worked on the digging of a canal to connect Lake Providence, Louisiana, and the Mississippi River.
Chambers was taken sick with typhoid fever in July 1863 and remained in the regimental hospital until early August. He became ill again at the end of August and was taken to Lawson Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He died of typhoid fever in a hospital in St. Louis on 21 September 1863. He is buried in Jagger Cemetery, Danville Township, Iowa. Blank pages not included here.

Creator

Chambers, John W., 1840-1863

Source

MS 0159

Publisher

Iowa State University Library Special Collections: http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/index.html

Date

1863
2010-06

Rights

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Relation

http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/manuscripts/MS159.html

Type

Text
PDF

Identifier

0159.Chambers.0001-001-01
http://cdm16001.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15031coll14/id/1121