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Samuel Beckett Boyd Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0248

Samuel Beckett Boyd kept this diary while imprisoned at Camp Chase from January 1, 1865 to April 3, 1865. In it, he describes the weather, his diet, his journey to Camp Chase, letters he has written to and received from family and friends, rumors (especially rumors of prisoner exchanges) he has heard, men released from prison (particularly men who have sworn loyalty to the Union forces as a condition of their release), men transferred into the prison, and his health and the health of the other prisoners. Also included is a typewritten transcription of the diary.

Dates

  • 1865 January 1-April 3

Conditions Governing Access

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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

Samuel Beckett Boyd kept this diary while imprisoned at Camp Chase from January 1, 1865 to April 3, 1865. In it, he describes the weather, his diet, his journey to Camp Chase, letters he has written to and received from family and friends, rumors (especially rumors of prisoner exchanges) he has heard, men released from prison (particularly men who have sworn loyalty to the Union forces as a condition of their release), men transferred into the prison, and his health and the health of the other prisoners. Also included is a typewritten transcription of the diary.

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Beckett Boyd was born to James and Elizabeth King (Wilson) Boyd in 1828 in Virginia. He came to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1851 and married Isabella Reed Boyd on April 27, 1853. The couple had eight children: Elizabeth Wilson (Boyd) Caswell, Cynthia Irwin (Boyd) McCue, Isabella Reed (Boyd) Allen, Benjamin Stephenson, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Sutherland (Boyd) Saxton, Annie Bruce, and Mary Reed (Boyd) Birdsong. Samuel Boyd worked in the dry goods business until 1861, when he joined the Confederate Army. Here, he served in the ordnance department until being captured near Bristol, Tennessee on December 14, 1864. Boyd was then sent to Camp Chase, Ohio (by way of Chattanooga, Nashville, and Lexington, Kentucky) where he remained until signing an Oath of Allegiance on May 15, 1865. After his release, Boyd returned to his family in Knoxville and worked with several businesses, including Rayl & Boyd (dry goods merchants) and Boyd, Allen & Co. (furniture manufacturers). He was also deeply involved in the community, serving as one of the directors of Gray Cemetery, as a trustee of the Tennessee Deaf and Dumb Asylum (now the Tennessee School for the Deaf), and as a member of the East Tennessee National Bank's Board of Directors. Boyd died suddenly of heart failure in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, 1890.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

Elizabeth Allen Lockwood presented this diary to the Special Collections Library in 1961.

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