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Julius E. Thomas Civil War Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2720

This collection contains the diary/scrapbook of Julius E. Thomas, a soldier with Company F of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry (Union) during the Civil War. The diary entries span from June 1, 1863 through August 4, 1864. The diary is not in strict chronological order.

In the diary, Thomas describes his actions, travelling throughout the state of Tennessee. In the entries from early 1864, he describes his movements in East Tennessee. He writes of foraging and skirmishes in the area. Specific places mentioned include Strawberry Plains, Morristown, Sevierville, and Dandridge.

Aside from diary entries, the collection contains poetry, camp songs, newspaper clippings, and illustrations.

Dates

  • 1863-1864

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains the diary/scrapbook of Julius E. Thomas, a soldier with Company F of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry (Union) during the Civil War. The diary entries span from June 1, 1863 through August 4, 1864, and describe Thomas' day-to-day activities as well as his travels thoughout the state of Tennessee. In the entries from early 1864, he describes his movements in East Tennessee, mentioning Strawberry Plains, Morristown, Sevierville, and Dandridge.

Biographical/Historical Note

Julius E. Thomas served as 2nd Sergeant and Chief Bugler of Company F, 1st Tennessee Cavalry (Union). The 1st Tennessee Cavalry organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio on November, 1862, from the 4th Tennessee Infantry. It attached to Camp Dennison, Ohio, until December 1862. It served with the Reserve Brigade, Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland, until January of 1863. The regiment was a part of the 1st Cavalry Division, Army of the Cumberland until November 1864. It served with the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, until January of 1865. Finally the regiment served in the District of Middle Tennessee, department of the Cumberland until June of 1865.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single diary.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2006.

Digitized Materials

The Julius E. Thomas Diary has been digitized by DLI.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480