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John Cashner diary

 Collection — Folder: S3049
Identifier: S3049

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a photocopied transcription of a Civil War Era diary maintained by John Cashner during his time with Company E of the 13th Indiana Infantry Regiment. The diary begins on November 3rd, 1861 and journal entries go up to May 29th, 1862. Generally, there is a brief entry for every single day detailing the salient events that happened on that day. Topics covered include winter encampments, picket duty, items that were purchased and/or retrieved and daily camp life among other topics.

James M. Cashner copied John Cashner's diary in 1963.


  • 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

John Cashner was born on July 30, 1841 to John and Susanna Cashner. He enlisted on June 19, 1861 to Company E, Indiana 13th Infantry Regiment in Indianapolis, Indiana during the U.S. Civil War and he mustered out on December 12, 1862. While with the 13th Indiana, Cashner saw some fighting but was not engaged in any major battles. His unit fought predominantly in either the Shenandoah Valley or in the east of Virginia.

James M. Cashner was born on July 23, 1923 to Charles E. and Lillie Mae (Gordon) Cashner. He was John Cashner's great nephew.


Items in the collection. Web: Indiana, Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Accessed September 6, 2018. Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009. Accessed September 6, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection only contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from Genealogy Division of Indiana State Library on 1985/12/30. The collection was recieved as a donation from Robert Cartwright on 1985/12/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and EAD finding aid completed 2018/08/09 by Bethany Fiechter. Collection reprocessed 2018/09/06 by Abby Currier. EAD finding aid updated 2018/09/12 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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