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William Tasker diary

 Collection — Folder: S1283
Identifier: S1283

Scope and Contents

This is a xerox copy of the small diary handwritten by William Tasker in 1865, during and after his service in the Civil War. Although someone has numbered the photocopies, they do not go in order of the dates, because page 21 has an entry for November 23, 1864, whereas page 3 has the date January 26, 1865. The page 3 entry states: "Started from Charleston and got to Chatanooga." He does not mention when he heard the war ended in April entries. Most of the entries are about drill, marching, what time they left one location, and the time they arrived at another place. The first page has two pictures, one full-length of a soldier in uniform with rifle at his side, and the other one of a young woman (head and shoulders) in an oval frame. The last legible entry is dated September 21, 1865. On the very last page, numbered 32 by the person who presumably did the photocopying, it says: "William Tasker's Book. Steel not this book for fear of shame for here you see the owner's name. William Tasker, Angola, Steuben County, Indiana, April 26, 1865."


  • 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

William Tasker was born in England on April 24, 1841. The 1860 census lists him, age 18, in Angola, Steuben County, Indiana, with father Thomas, age 46; mother Elizabeth, age 42; brother Richard, age 21; sister Elizabeth, age 15; brother Thomas, age 13; two little sisters, Sarah, age 7, and Rosetta, age 4; and Charlie, age 2. William enrolled in Company H, 74th Regiment, in Angola, Indiana, on August 20, 1862, and was discharged June 9, 1865. In 1870, he was living in Scott, Steuben County, Indiana, with his wife Abigail, age 21, and son James, one year old. The census taker in 1900 recorded William and Abigail at 3 Broad Street, Pleasant, Steuben County, with Mina S., age 12, and Clara M., age 8.Ten years later, the girls, ages 22 and 18, were still living with their parents, but now at 516 North Wayne Street, Angola, Indiana. William died on October 17, 1912, in Angola.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records donation from Western Michigan University Archives on 1969/1/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/5/11 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
William Tasker diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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