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Charles Wesley Homsher diary

 Collection — Folder: S0677
Identifier: S0677

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of extracts from Charles Wesley Homsher's diary titled, "A Few Notes While in Andersonville Prison, Georgia" and the typewritten transcription of the diary entries. The diary relates Homsher's experiences during the Civil War from the time of his capture on July 31, 1864 at Clinton, Georgia until his release and discharge from military service in June, 1865. Also included are informational handouts from the Andersonville Prison Park - National Cemetery that relate the history of Andersonville.


  • 1864-1865


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Charles Wesley Homsher was born on February 27, 1839 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to John and Mary Coons Homsher. Mr. Homsher was a private in Company H, 5th Cavalry, 90th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers during the United States Civil War. He was captured in July, 1864 and held prisoner for 9 months at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. After the war, he moved back to Lancaster County. He married Ella Baughman (1850-1903) of Philadelphia and they had five children. He died of a work-related accident on September 24, 1893.


Information found within collection. "Charles W. Homsher." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 13, 2015. "Chas W. Homsher." Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915. Accessed October 13, 2015. "Ella R. Homsher." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 13, 2015.

Meginness, John Franklin. Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Containing Biological and Genealogical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Many of the Early Settlers. Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1903.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1969/07/30.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/10/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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