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Robert Moore Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3385

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Robert Moore of Kewanee, Illinois used this diary to record his experiences as a Private with the 124th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. His account begins when he enlists in the regiment on 1862 August 14 and goes on to describe the unit's movement from Illinois to Jackson, Tennessee and Corinth, Mississippi. Moore notes that they served under General John A. Logan's division of the Army of the Tennessee and mentions many of their responsibilities, including guarding the railroads, foraging for food, picketing, marching, and seizing supplies. Later, he describes their participation in maneuvers preceding the Vicksburg Campaign and the burning of Hopefield, Arkansas. Moore goes on to document his time in the hospital (where he was sent when his face began to swell), his discharge as an invalid on 1863 April 15, and his return home to Illinois. The diary also includes a table of distances listing the mileage between strategic waypoints on the Mississippi River.

Dates

  • 1862 August 14-1864 January 9

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

Robert Moore of Kewanee, Illinois used this diary to record his experiences as a Private with the 124th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. His account begins when he enlists in the regiment on 1862 August 14 and goes on to describe the unit's movement from Illinois to Jackson, Tennessee and Corinth, Mississippi. Moore notes that they served under General John A. Logan's division of the Army of the Tennessee and mentions many of their responsibilities, including guarding the railroads, foraging for food, picketing, marching, and seizing supplies. Later, he describes their participation in maneuvers preceding the Vicksburg Campaign and the burning of Hopefield, Arkansas. Moore goes on to document his time in the hospital (where he was sent when his face began to swell), his discharge as an invalid on 1863 April 15, and his return home to Illinois. The diary also includes a table of distances listing the mileage between strategic waypoints on the Mississippi River.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Moore was born to John and Sarah Moore in Pennsylvania in about 1836. He moved to Illinois with his family and farmed in Kewanee before enlisting in Company F of the 124th Illinois Volunteers on 1862 August 24. With this unit, he participated in the Siege of Corinth and the Vicksburg Campaign before being discharged due to illness on 1863 April 15. Moore returned to his wife and child in Kewanee, where he died on 1915 January 12.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this diary.

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