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George H. Wadsworth Civil War diary

 Collection — Folder: S2371
Identifier: S2371

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of a diary kept by George H. Wadsworth of Racine, Wisconsin while serving with Company K, 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry in the U.S. Civil War. Ranging from January 26, 1864 to December 31, 1864, the diary entries begin with his travel to camp [Camp Randall] at Madison, Wisconsin and ends with his regiment encamped near Savannah, Georgia.


  • 1864


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

George H. Wadsworth was born in August 1845 in Racine, Wisconsin to Warner and Thankful Wadsworth. On January 25, 1864, he enlisted as a private with Company K, 8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. During his service with the 8th, Wadsworth was assigned clerical work and was attached to a medical company as a nurse, assistant steward and clerk to a surgeon. Following his discharge on September 5, 1865, he returned to Racine and became a dentist. Wadsworth to live with his sister May Selden. He was admitted to the National Home for Disabled Volunteeer Soldiers at Leavenworth, Kansas on May 21, 1914 and died there on February 22, 1916.

Sources: "George H. Wadsworth." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 7, 2022. "George Wadsworth." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 7, 2022. "George Wadsworth." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 7, 2022. "George H. Wadsworth." U.S., National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938. Accessed July 7, 2022.

"Old Diary Tells Life in Army for Racine Civil War Soldier." The Journal Times (Racine, WI), August 21, 1951.


0.03 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. Henry W. Ramsey.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/07 by Laura Eliason.
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