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John Ibaugh Civil War Diary

Identifier: MS-3219

This diary constitutes Sergeant John Ibaugh's personal account of his service with the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Ibaugh describes the push on the Confederate Army during the Battle of Nashville in 1864 and small skirmishes with Confederate guerilla troops at Tunnel Hill. He also gives his personal thoughts surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln, saying that the rebels will rue the day they decided to kill Lincoln because of the aggressive policies of President Johnson. Later entries describe a trip on a steamer that started in Nashville and ended in Alexandria, Virginia where General William T. Sherman's troops were to be presented in Washington. The final entry is filled with relief at the end of the war and the completion of his duty as a soldier.


  • 1864 December 3-1865 May 25

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In this diary, John Ibaugh writes primarily of his movements between Philadelphia and Washington D.C. during the closing months of the Civil War. He also describes his service at the Battle of Nashville, the Battle of Chattanooga, and the Union Army's final march in Washington, D.C.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Ibaugh was born in October of 1841 in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the 29th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment as a Private on 1861 July 5. He was promoted to full Sergeant on 1864 July 1 and mustered out on 1865 July 5. He and his family later moved to Delaware, where he died in 1901.


This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

Purchased by Special Collections, 2007 August 2

Repository Details

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

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA