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John B. Elliott diary

 Collection — Folder: S2385
Identifier: S2385

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a diary kept by John B. Elliott of Harrison County, Indiana while he served with Company K, 59th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. The entries begin on October 4, 1862 during the Battle of Corinth and ends on April 30, 1863 with his regiment near Vicksburg. His diary provides a view of camp life and the labor of war.

The collection also includes an undated clipping of an illustration of one of the locomotive engines built by Hinkley and Drury of Boston, Massachusetts. Some handwriting is found on the reverse side, including "Adam Rike, his book." Adam Rike was a sergeant with the 59th and was the father of Norma Rike Funk, the donor of this collection.


  • 1862-1863


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

John B. Elliott was born in November 1863 to Nathaniel and Nancy (Littell) Elliott. He lived with his family in Harrison County, Indiana and on February 11, 1862, he mustered into Company K, 59th Regiment, Indiana Infantry as a private during the U.S. Civil War. On February 11, 1864, Elliott was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC). He married Sarah E. Chamberlain in Janaury 1872 and they had two children. A stone mason by trade, Elliott died in Mattoon, Illinois on August 28, 1900.

Sources: "John B. Elliott." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 27, 2022. "John B. Elliott." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 27, 2022. "John B. Elliott." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed July 27, 2022. "John B. Elliott." U.S., Civil War Soldier Reocrds and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed July 27, 2022.

"Answering the Final Call." Mattoon Gazette (Illinois), August 31, 1900. "Nathaniel Elliott." Find a Grave Memorial ID 28358654. Accessed July 27, 2022.


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 Norma Funk on 1943/11/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/27 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.