A Guide to the Daniel A. Lowber Diary, 1864 Lowber, Daniel A. Diary Ms2008-015

A Guide to the Daniel A. Lowber Diary, 1864

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Collection Number Ms2008-015


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2008-015
Title
Daniel A. Lowber Diary 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 Captain Daniel A. Lowber, Company A, 37th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the siege of Petersburg, Virginia.

Administrative Information

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Acquisition Information

The Daniel A. Lowber Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 2008.

Alternate Form Available

This collection has been digitized and is available online.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the Daniel A. Lowber Diary commenced and was completed in April 2008.


Biographical Information

Daniel A. Lowber, captain of Company A, 37th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War, was born in New York in February 1844. By 1864, he was living in Columbus, Wisconsin, where he enlisted as a private in the 13th Independent Battery of Wisconsin Light Artillery. Lowber transferred to the 37th Wisconsin Infantry on March 7, 1864. Serving as a lieutenant in Company A, he was wounded on June 18 at Petersburg. He received a promotion to first lieutenant on July 28, then to captain on September 27, 1864. He was wounded again at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, and mustered out with his regiment on July 27.

Post-war records show Lowber living in Waupun, Wisconsin from 1868 through 1880, his occupation listed variously as operator of a variety store and restaurant (1868), a news dealer and confectionary (1870, 1872) and a miner (1880). He had married before 1870, his wife Susan [Morse?] having been born in Wisconsin in 1850. By 1900 Lowber had returned with his wife to New York; they lived in a boardinghouse in Brooklyn, where Lowber was occupied as a railroad supplier. Daniel A. Lowber died on November 3, 1902.

The 37th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on April 9, 1864. The regiment departed for Washington at the end of April. A month later, the 37th was ordered to the front. The regiment was assigned to the Ninth Army Corps and participated in the assault against the Confederate lines before Petersburg on June 17 and 18, experiencing heavy fire. The regiment generally remained at Petersburg until the Confederate surrender the following spring, participating in numerous battles (including the Battle of the Crater) around Petersburg and Richmond. The 37th participated in the Grand Review in Washington D. C., where it remained until July 27, when it was mustered out of the service.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the Civil War diary of Captain Daniel A. Lowber of Company A, 37th Wisconsin Infantry. The diary entries commence with July 25, 1864, with Lowber apparently in transit to his regiment after a temporary furlough. He joins the regiment the day after the Battle of the Crater and takes command on August 1, noting that his new command has only 18 men fit for duty. In daily entries spanning the next five months, Lowber mentions frequent picket and fatigue duty and notes his routine administrative duties as well. He also mentions trading papers with a Confederate soldier between the lines, his living quarters, church services, news of Sheridan's victories in the Shenandoah Valley, the regiment's tally in the 1864 presidential election, and Thanksgiving. Lowber also describes actions during several battles, including perhaps most significantly the Battle of Peeble's Farm. The diary entries cease with December 31, 1864.

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