William E. Davis diaries

William E. Davis diaries

Dates: 1862-1865

Holograph diaries kept by Davis during his service in the Civil War. Includes brief statments regarding drills, deaths, weather, and daily activities.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.16 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Davis, William E. (William Edward), 1842-1924
  • Call Number: MSS SC 59
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Alternative Format
Typescripts of diaries included in collection.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William E. Davis diaries 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 SC 59; William E. Davis diaries; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 59, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Fred A. Rosenstock.
Other Finding Aids
Short register included with collection.
Subject Terms
Politics, Government, and Law; Military; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives; Davis, William E. (William Edward), 1842-1924; Davis, William E. (William Edward), 1842-1924--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Typescripts
Appraisal Information
19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Davis (William E.) diaries
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-10-29 10:48:27 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

William E. Davis (1842-1924) was a soldier and farmer from New York and Michigan.

William Edward Davis was born on November 26, 1842 in Pulteney, New York to Edward Davis and Philinda A. Townsend. On August 25, 1862, at age 19, he enlisted in the Union forces, and joined Company A, New York 161st Infantry Regiment on September 18, 1862. He was soon promoted to Full Corporal on November 28, 1862, and fought with his unit in engagements largely in Louisiana and Alabama. With the end of the war he mustered out of the service on September 20, 1865 at Fort Jefferson, Florida.

After the war he returned to farming in Monroe County, New York. On September 30, 1875 he married Lois Sherwood Buell, and they eventually had five children. Prior to 1900 he relocated to Bowne, Michigan. Davis died on May 7, 1924 in Caledonia, Michigan.

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