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W.B. Enderton Diary Collection

Identifier: MsC0010

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Scope and Contents

W. B. Enderton' diary dates from May 1, 1864 to July 17, 1865, and describes his wartime activities in great detail. His regiment participated in the Atlanta campaign and witnessed the burning of much of Georgia. He describes many battles and skirmishes, as well as the everyday life of a soldier. Enderton also discusses Lincoln's election, assassination, and Copperhead politics. The diary is missing pages 37-48 and pages 53-56.


  • Creation: 1864-1865


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This collection is open for research.

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.25 Linear Feet

1 Volumes (1 small unbound diary.)

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Civil War soldier, member of the 34th Illinois Infantry Regiment. Participated in the Atlanta Campaign and saw a good deal of action in Georgia. Recorded. Wrote of many battles and skirmishes.

Related Materials

Digitized version of the diary of W. B. Enderton is available at the Iowa Digital Library.


This collection was formerly known as the W.B. Emmons diary, but new information courtesy of a researcher came to light in 2021 that allowed us to appropriately identify the diary’s origin and author of the diary.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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