Guide to the Diaries of the Ira Stockbridge, 1862 - 1865Manuscript MS-979

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Guide to the Diaries of the Ira Stockbridge, 1862 - 1865

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-979

Collection Dates:

1862 - 1865

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Ira Stockbridge, Union soldier during American Civil War. Diaries document the US Civil War through daily activities and accounts of an ordinary soldier. Collection is comprised of four pocket diaries, one for each year, from 1862-1865.

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Use & Access

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

A set of four manuscript diaries: a pocket diary for each year from 1862-1865, written by Ira L. Stockbridge. This set of diaries chronicles almost the entire course of the Civil War, through the daily tasks of Ira Stockbridge, an ordinary Union soldier, who wrote a sentence or two about the major camp activities of each day. He writes about taking care of horses, drilling, shopping, guarding deserters, and encounters with rebels. Stockbridge writes about falling sick and spending his time at the hospital. One follows the troop movements of the First RI Cavalry, then company I of the first NH Cavalry, moving up and down the coast according to surprise raids and re-organization of battalions. Writes about fellow soldiers who were taken captive when his cavalry attacked the picket line in the rear of the Federal army on February 25, 1863. June 18, 1863 writes about being captured and short description of lack of food. 1864 writes about being taken prisoner on Sept 28 and distance away from camp. In the diary for the year 1865, Stockbridge writes of returning home and making shoes for a living. Fails to mention being captured and paroled.


Ira Stockbridge born in Alton, NH in 1841. Stockbridge served as a soldier in the First Regiment New England Volunteer Cavalry (also known as First Regiment Rhode Island Volunteer Cavalry), later became Company I in the First Regiment NH Volunteer Cavalry. Enlisted Dec. 2 1861 as Private, captured. June 18, 1863 near Middleburgh, Va; parolled; captured Oct 12, 1863, Culpeper, Va; parolled; re-enlisted Jan 2, 1864; captured Sept 28, 1864, Waynesborough, Va.; parolled Feb 28, 1865; discharged to date July 15, 1865. Sometime after the war, took up residency in Osborne, Kansas.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1862-1865

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Diary, 1862
  • Folder: 2, Diary, 1863
  • Folder: 3, Diary, 1864
  • Folder: 4, Diary, 1865

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