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John W. Pratt Diaries Collection

Identifier: MsC0011

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Scope and Contents

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 Lees surrender and Lincolns assassination, sickness, and his desire to be released from military service.


  • Creation: 1862-1865


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


.25 Linear Feet (1 file folder containing 2 small diaries.)

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Civil War soldier. Relates his feelings and experiences with the 27th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Method of Acquisition

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

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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