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William Frederick Zimmer diary of the U.S. 2nd Calvary

William Frederick Zimmer diary of the U.S. 2nd Calvary

Dates: 1877

Original manuscript of William Frederick Zimmer’s diary for the year 1877, including accounts of the Lame Deer and Bear Paw Mountain battles. There are copies of documents about Zimmer (obtained by Larry and Claire Sklenar) from the National Archives, including pension records (1895-1920), a letter about his birth (1913), medical exam records (1891-1925) and widow pension records (1938). This diary was compiled from field notes and was meant to describe a year in the life of a cavalryman for an unidentified person in Ohio.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Zimmer, William Frederick, 1847-1936
  • Call Number: MSS 4107
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Frederick Zimmer diary of the U.S. 2nd Calvary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4107; William Frederick Zimmer diary of the U.S. 2nd Calvary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4107, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Claribel Zimmer Gottfried in 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Claribel Zimmer Gottfried; 1994.
Related Material
see URL Rodenbough, Theophilus F. (Theophilus Francis), 1838-1912. From everglade to canon with the second dragoons, (second United States cavalry) [electronic resource]: an authentic account of service in Florida, Mexico, Virginia, and the Indian country, including the personal recollections of prominent officers, with an appendix containing orders, reports and correspondence, military records, etc., etc., etc., 1836-1875.
Subject Terms
Zimmer, William Frederick, 1847-1936--Diaries; Bears Paw Mountains (Mont.); Material Types; United States--Military--History
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 9 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007.)
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Finding Aid Title
Zimmer (William Frederick) diary of the U.S. 2nd Calvary
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler, Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Zimmer was a German immigrant (by way of Canada) who served in the Civil War and for several enlistments with the 2nd Cavalry in the West.

William Frederick Zimmer was born near Breslau, Germany on March 4, 1847. He moved with his parents to the United States in 1854. Zimmer was enlisted in the 2 Regiment of the United States Cavalry on September 19, 1876. He married Nellie Belle Garman (born 1866) in 1906 in Ohio. He passed away in Independence, Ohio on July 10, 1936. His wife and two children were still living in 1938.

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