A Guide to the Jacob Cohn Diary, 1863-1864 Cohn, Jacob Diary Ms2008-002

A Guide to the Jacob Cohn Diary, 1863-1864

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Accession Number Ms2008-002


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Accession Number
Ms2008-002
Title
Jacob Cohn Diary 1863-1864
DIGITAL CONTENT
This collection has been digitized and is available online.
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Civil War diary of Jacob Cohn, a soldier in Company A, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Jacob Cohn Diary must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Jacob Cohn Diary, Ms2008-002 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Jacob Cohn Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 2008.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

A microfilm copy of the Jacob Cohn Diary is held by the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library of Emory University.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Jacob Cohn Diary commenced and was completed in January 2008.


Biographical/Historical Information

Jacob Cohn enlisted as a private in Company A, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry on February 10, 1864. He is listed among soldiers who served from Cambria County, Pennsylvania, in which Company A recruited. Cohn's name does not appear on the regiment's muster-out roll, and no further information about him could be found.

The 54th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August and September, 1861, having recruited largely in Somerset and surrounding counties of southwestern Pennsylvania. In February 1862, the regiment was ordered to Washington, D. C., then to Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia, from which the individual companies were dispatched to guard strategic points along a 60-mile section of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Company A guarded the vicinity of South Branch Bridge.

As part of the Union Army's Department of West Virginia, the regiment participated in the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864, engaging the Confederates in several battles, including those at New Market, Piedmont and Lynchburg. In December 1864, the 54th was assigned to the Army of the James and transferred to Petersburg, Virginia. There, it participated in the siege against the city, the pursuit of Lee's forces, and the Appomattox campaign. The regiment was mustered out of service on July 15, 1865.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the diary of Jacob Cohn, a soldier in Company A, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Cohn's brief entries commence with April 14, 1864 and trace his regiment's movements and battles, particularly those at New Market and Piedmont. The entries cease with June 18, 1864, and are followed by the names of Company A's soldiers wounded and killed at the Battle of New Market. The diary also contains various lists of goods and prices, some dated June-September 1863.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Diaries

Contents List

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Folder 1
Diary 1864