A Guide to the George W. Bonsall Diaries, 1861-1878 Bonsall, George W., Diaries Ms1997-015

George W. Bonsall Diaries, 1861-1878

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1997-015


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1997-015
Title
George W. Bonsall Diaries, 1861-1878
Physical Characteristics
1 box; 0.3 cu. ft.
Creator
George W. Bonsall
Language
English
Abstract
Resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a corporal in the 138th Regiment Ohio National Guard (originally formed as the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Reserve Militia) during the Civil War. Collection consists of two volumes of a manuscript diary, copied in 1865 of entries Bonsall wrote between May 23, 1861 (his 16th birthday) and 1865. The diaries also contain sporatic entries dating through 1878.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the George W. Bonsall Diaries must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: George W. Bonsall Diaries, Ms1997-015, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The George W. Bonsall Diaries were donated to Special Collections prior to 1998.

Alternate Form Available

Selected images from the diaries are available on the Special Collections website. See the "Contents List" below for links to images.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the George W. Bonsall Diaries commenced and was completed in 1997. Additional description was completed prior to 2008 and in 2010.


Biographical Information

George W. Bonsall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1845. He served as a corporal in the 138th Regiment Ohio National Guard (originally formed as the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Reserve Militia) during the Civil War. He returned to Cincinnati after the war and worked as a carpenter.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of two volumes of a manuscript diary, copied in 1865 of entries Bonsall wrote between May 23, 1861 (his 16th birthday) and 1865. Continues the diary sporatically after the war, with entries indicating his marriage in 1876 and the birth of his daughter in 1877. Bonsall writes in detail about his regiment's movements throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia during the war (particularly 1863 and 1864), but they never engaged in a battle with the Confederates. Bonsall also writes about working as a mason building dormitories for a new college in Berea, Kentucky, in 1869.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Contents List