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James H. St John diary

 Collection — Folder: S1235
Identifier: S1235

Scope and Contents

This colleciton comprises a transcribed and typed diary from James H. St. John in 1863, concerning his service with the 83rd Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War.


  • 1863


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

James Henry St. John was born on November 27, 1827 in New York to Henry St. John. In 1850, he was living with his wife, Livonia. They had seven children. St. John enrolled in the 83rd Indiana Regiment, Company K on August 29, 1862 in his hometown of Greensburg, Indiana. He achieved the rank of 2nd lieutenant by the time of his discharge on February 15, 1864. St. John died on February 12, 1895 in Anderson, Indiana and was buried in South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Indiana.

In July 1978, Mrs. Earl Boston of Pendleton, Indiana, typed the entries from the 1863 Civil War diary of 2nd Lietenant James H. St. John, 83rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Company K. The entries are usually one or two lines. He numbered the letters that he wrote to his wife. On May 16, he wrote: "Champion Hill Battle fought. Marched from Raymong 8 miles North west and their found the enemy and a part of our men engaged them and fought a heavy Battle and above them 3 miles. Captured 15 hundred prisoners 16 guns." On July 4, James wrote: "In hospital sick, wrote to my Wife No 41, Vicksburg surrendered at 4 o'clock this morning." He was on furlough during the month of August and visited family members. November 25, he wrote: "the grate battle was faught to day" referring to the Battle of Missionary Ridge at Chattanooga. At the end of the diary, James lists the cash he received from Captain Cresswell to buy provisions.


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 from Mrs. Earl Boston on 1978/08/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/01/19 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2017/01/19 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2017/02/24 by Brittany Kropf.
James H. St John diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.