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E. H. Rennolds Diaries

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0170

E. H. Rennolds maintained these two diaries while he was serving with the 5th Tennessee Infantry (CSA) in 1863 and 1864 during the Civil War. In them, he describes his service in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, including his participation in the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville.

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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.55 Linear Feet (1 box)

Abstract

E. H. Rennolds maintained these two diaries while he was serving with the 5th Tennessee Infantry (CSA) in 1863 and 1864 during the Civil War. In them, he describes his service in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, including his participation in the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin Hansford Rennolds was born in Locust Grove, Virginia to Robert (1805-1871) and Jane Hansford (1810-1881) Rennolds on October 30, 1839. He taught school from 1859 to 1861, at which time he left to take over his father's farm. He joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and was assigned to the 5th Tennessee Infantry. After the war, he returned to his father's farm and married Margaret C. Cox on January 11, 1866. They had seven children: Eugene Meshech (1867-1932), Edwin Hansford (1869-1957), John Taliaferro (1870-1956), Joseph Lee (1870-1870), Leon Asa Lee (1872-1948), Cora Annie (Rennolds) Markert (1874-1939), and Maggie Berah (Rennolds) Mathews (1876-1976). Rennolds earned a Baptist preacher's license in 1869 and continued to preach throughout his life. The family relocated to Florida in 1882, where Edwin Rennolds died on November 17, 1912.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

John T. Rennolds put his father's diaries on deposit at Special Collections on November 16, 1923.

Existence and Location of Copies

A typewritten transcription of these two diaries entitled "Diary of E. H. Rennolds, Sr., 1863-1864" is available in the Rare Books Collection (E467.1 .R36).

Repository Details

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

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