George W. Miller Civil War diaries and invoice, 1853-1864 | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Predominant Dates: 1862-1864
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Scope and Contents: The George W. Miller Civil War diaries and invoice (1853-1865; 0.2 cubic feet) documents the participation of George W. Miller, a baker, as a Union soldier in the Civil War. The diaries may have been paid for with the invoice filled out and signed by Miller in 1853. There are a few date discrepancies in the diary. In Diary 1 (1862-1863), Pages 1 through Page 80, Entry August 10 are thought to have been written in 1863. Although Diary 1 itself says 1861, on pages with entries for Saturday, January 17 through Thursday, January 22, Miller has marked out the date and written in "1863" instead. He has also had to change the daily dates, indicating that he was using an 1861 journal in a different year. Also in Diary 1, Pages 80, Entry August 11 through Page 147 are thought to have been written in 1862. Diary 2 (1863-1864) begins on Tuesday, August 11, 1863 and ends on June 21, 1864. The diaries discuss events such as weather, illness, and sometimes important Civil War battles. Types of materials include: two diaries and one invoice. The Papers are organized into 1 series: George W. Miller Civil War diaries and invoice.