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George M. Collins, Civil War diary

 Collection — Folder: S3271
Identifier: S3271

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the Civil War diary (photocopy) of George M. Collins. It begins on January 13, 1865 and continues until July 15, 1865. There are a few sporadic entries and notes after that date. In his diary, Collins discusses life in the camps, hunger, sickness, disease, his desire to return home, and the capture of Jefferson Davis. He also commented on the people, particularly slaves, that he meets during his service. The diary also includes his monthly expenditures for June and May, as well as a few medicinal recipes, such as cod liver emulsion.


  • 1864-1865


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

George Malin Collins was born in Vevay, Indiana on January 10, 1838. He served as the assistant surgeon for the 17th Indiana Volunteer Infantry from December 12, 1864- August [8], 1865. Collins married Sarah C. Hardy on January 9, 1861 in Decatur County, Indiana. Together they had 6 children. George Collins died on August 27, 1896 in Tipton, Indiana and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Tipton.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Karen Sinn on 2004/10/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2004/11 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created in 2004/11 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid updated 2015/11/16 by Edythe Huffman.
George M. Collins, Civil War diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.