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James W. Daniels diary

 Collection — Folder: S2601
Identifier: S2601

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten transcription of a diary kept by James W. Daniels when he served with the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry during the U.S. Civil War. Ranging from September 1861 to December 1862, his entries are narratives of the movements and actions of his regiment.


  • 1861-1862


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 Warren Daniels was born in 1838 in Marietta, Ohio to Stephen and Sophia (Warren) Daniels. The family later moved to Lawrence County, Ohio and Daniels was living in Ironton when he enlisted on September 14, 1861 with Company I, 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry during the U.S. Civil War. He was promoted to sergeant on October 5, 1861 and served with the regiment until he mustered out on October 20, 1864. Daniels and several family members moved to Indiana, including his brother Joseph J. Daniels, a well-known covered bridge builder. Daniels was engaged in business in Little Rock, Arkansas when he died of pneumonia on January 30, 1884.

Sources: "James Daniels." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed December 15, 2022. "James W. Daniels." U.S., Civil War Soldier Recordsd and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed December 15, 2022. "James Warren Daniels." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed December 15, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library on 1935/05/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/12/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/12/15 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.