MsC 79

Collection Dates: August -- September 1862, 1863
1 diary

Shares a box with MsC 78 and MsC 80

Collection Guide

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"Mr. Carlyle, proprietor of the Rancho del Chino, came over to our camp and told the boys they could have a cow that stood 600 yards off if they could hit her. A number of shots were fired out taking slight effect. Mr. Carlyle then took a musket and fired at a calf about 35 rods but missed it and killed a fine bull belonging to a neighbor."

Tuesday, August 26, 1862

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Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

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Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

This diary belonged to an unknown soldier in Company C, 4th Infantry, C.V. who was assigned to a detail guarding a wagon train carrying specie to the east.

Scope and Contents

This collection is made of up one 2.75 x 4 inch diary bound in black leather with daily notes from August 22 to September 14, 1862, and miscellaneous notes and accounts in the back, some dating from 1863. Some pages, which were obviously written on, have been cut out. The writer was concerned with the land, making daily notes on the condition of the road, soil, timber, and water, as well as the game they see and harvest. He also kept a daily log of distances travelled and in the back of the diary there appears a table of these distances. Place names mentioned in this table are San Pedro, Temples Rock, Crystal (?) Rock, Chino, Laniscal (?), Lagoona, Temacula, Dutchmans (?), Camp Wright, Himbal's (?) Ranch, San Phillipe, Viaseta (?), and Palm Springs. Other place names include Camp Lutherson, Clyne's Ranch, Warner's Ranch, Alinas (?) Well, and Cooks Well. Though he mentions very few people, some names that do occur are Lieut. Sherman, Capt. Morris, Mr. Carlyle the proprietor of Rancho del Chino, and 1st Lieut. Baily of the 5th Inf. C.V.

In the back of this small diary, there are miscellaneous accounts, including clothing accounts, a sutler's bill, and a list of names, including Waterman, Terrel, Marne, Cook, McMuflin (?), Lowell, Gilbert, Ogden, Parson, Fox, Dean, Hill, Beaver, Bancroft, Leighton, and Eliott.

Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: July 2005

Box Contents List

One diary, August 22 -- September 14, 1862, 1863

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