MsC 11

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1862 -- 1865
1 file folder containing two small diaries
(Shares a box with MsC 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18)

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: January 1998

Acquisition Note: These diaries were a gift of Mrs. Bernice Pratt in 1955.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

John W. Pratt was a soldier in Company A of the 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He enlisted on August 22, 1862, and was mustered out on August 7, 1865.

Scope and Content

The Civil War diaries of John W. Pratt date from August 22, 1862 - October 20, 1862 and from April 2, 1865 - August 9, 1865. The first diary is filled with his feelings of homesickness and longing for his wife. The second diary includes short comments about encounters with the rebel forces, mentions Lee’s surrender and Lincoln’s assassination, sickness, and his desire to be released from military service.

Box List

Box 1

Diaries. Digitized diaries

August 22 -- October 20, 1862.

April 2 -- August 9, 1865. This diary also includes records of a financial nature, such as money spent on food and tobacco.