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John M. Kelly Diary and Other Materials

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3319

This collection consists primarily of the 110-page diary that John M. Kelly kept while serving with the 141st New York Infantry Regiment. In it, he speaks of the weather conditions, his activities, and troop movements, including his unit's march south to join General Ulysses S. Grant's forces in Chattanooga and their later participation in Major General William T. Sherman's campaigns in the Carolinas. Also included are two pension certificates. The first dates from 1911 and awards John M. Kelly a pension of $20 per month. The second is from 1912 and increases the monthly amount to $30. Two slips are attached to the 1912 pension certificate, increasing the pension to $40 and $50 per month in 1918 and 1920 respectively. Finally, the collection houses a list of soldiers hospitalized in 1863 (including dates of admission and release) and a list of fellow soldiers and their hometowns.

Dates

  • 1863 July-1864 January

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 consists primarily of the 110-page diary that John M. Kelly kept while serving with the 141st New York Infantry Regiment. In it, he speaks of the weather conditions, his activities, and troop movements, including his unit's march south to join General Ulysses S. Grant's forces in Chattanooga and their later participation in Major General William T. Sherman's campaigns in the Carolinas. Also included are two pension certificates. The first dates from 1911 and awards John M. Kelly a pension of $20 per month. The second is from 1912 and increases the monthly amount to $30. Two slips are attached to the 1912 pension certificate, increasing the pension to $40 and $50 per month in 1918 and 1920 respectively. Finally, the collection houses a list of soldiers hospitalized in 1863 (including dates of admission and release) and a list of fellow soldiers and their hometowns.

Biographical/Historical Note

John M. Kelly was born in New York in September of 1836. He married Maryett Babcock. On August 12, 1862, Kelly enlisted in the 141st New York Infantry Regiment under the leadership of Colonel Samuel G. Hathaway, Jr. This regiment, recruited in the counties of Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben - the 27th senatorial district - was organized at Elmira, and there mustered into the U. S. service for three years on September 11, 1862. It was on this date that John M. Kelly was promoted from Private to Corporal. The regiment left for Washington on April 15, 1863. During this time, John M. Kelly was in Fairfax Seminary hospital and did not return to his regiment until May 8, 1863. He was promoted to Sergeant on May 22, 1863. The regiment fought at Diascund Bridge and Crump's Crossroads in June and July and was then assigned to Tennessee. In October, the unit went to the support of the 12th Corps at Wauhatchie and was involved in the Battle of Missionary Ridge the following month. When the 11th and 12th Corps were consolidated into the 20th Corps in April of 1864, the 141st was assigned to the 1st (Knipe's) Brigade of the 1st (Williams') Division. The unit was assigned to the Atlanta Campaign in early May and took part in most of the following battles, including Resaca, Dallas, Acworth, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and the Siege of Atlanta. The 141st remained in Atlanta until November 15, when it joined Sherman's March to the Sea. It took part in the Siege of Savannah and later fought in the Carolinas. John M. Kelly was promoted to 1st Sergeant on January 1, 1865 and mustered out with his regiment (after participating in the Grand Review in Washington) on June 8, 1865.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this collection on September 3, 2009.

Repository Details

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

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