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Wesley Smith Dorris Diary

Identifier: MS-1916

This collection contains the diary of William Smith Dorris, a private in the 30th Tennessee Infantry, Company K. Diary entries date between 1861 and 1863. Some portions, including the beginning pages and cover, are missing. Entries describe the Battle of Forth Henry of 1862, Dorris’ capture, and daily life in prisoner camp.


  • 1861-1863

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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.


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This collection contains a diary written by Wesley Smith Dorris - a private in the 30th Tennessee Infantry, Company K - between 1861 and 1863. Entries describe troop movements, correspondence between generals, fighting, and life in a prisoner camp.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Smith Dorris was born in Sumner, Tennessee in 1831 to Elias Dorris and Martha Rippy. He was a member of the 30th Tennessee Infantry. He married Elizabeth Jane Freeland in 1856 and the couple had three children: Addison Lafayette Dorris, Marion Selkirk Dorris, and Isaac Newton Dorris. Wesley Smith Dorris died on November 30, 1864 at the Battle of Franklin


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection is the property of Special Collections.

Digitized Materials

This diary was digitized by DLI in February 2012.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA