Inventory of the Maximilian Hartman Diaries 1861-1862 Hartman, Maximilian Diaries Mss. Acc. 2007.79

Inventory of the Maximilian Hartman Diaries 1861-1862

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Special Collections Research Center
Accession Number Mss. Acc. 2007.79


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Repository:
Special Collections Research Center
Identification:
01/Mss. Acc. 2007.79
Title:
Maximilian Hartman Diaries 1861-1862
Quantity:
0.20
Alternate Extent Statement:
3 items
Creator:
Hartman, Maximilian, b. 1837? arrangement
Language of Materials
The papers are in: EnglishGerman
Abstract:
Two diaries written by Civil War soldier Maximilian Hartman are included as well as a transcription of their contents.  The first diary begins in September of 1861 and continues until February, 1862.  The second diary continues from February, 1862 and ends in May of that same year.  The diaries delineate the travels and military actions of the 93rd Regiment from Pennsylvania as it passes through Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.  Of local interest are the descriptions of events in Hampton Roads, Yorktown, and Williamsburg regarding the Peninsular Campaign.  The contents of the diaries are rich in details regarding military life, including duties such as marching and drilling, and skirmishes.  There are also descriptions about entertainment, food, sight-seeing, the effects of the weather, and personal observations of the life of a soldier.    Also included are a company roster, an index of letters sent and received, a list of expenses and the lyrics of five popular songs.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Maximilian Hartman Diaries, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired by Special Collections Research Center on 09/09/2007.


Biographical Note

Maximilian Hartman was born circa 1837 in Bavaria, Germany.  In Germany, he worked as a tailor.  After emigrating to the United States, he resided in Reading, Pennsylvania.  In 1861, Maximilian and his brother John enlisted in the Union Zouaves, a regiment which consisted of a high number of men of German and German-American origin.  At the time of enlistment, he was married and with at least one child.  In November, 1861, Hartman’s 93rd Regiment left Pennsylvania to take up position to guard the defenses of Washington.  His diaries cover the entire time of his service, from Pennsylvania to Washington and ultimately Virginia.  In May, 1862 Hartman took part in the Battle of Williamsburg; his regiment suffered few losses.  At the end of May, Hartman’s left hand was seriously wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks.  He was captured, exchanged and sent to New York where his wounds were treated.  Discharged in November of 1862, Hartman never regained the use of his hand. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Maximilian Hartman ">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Maximilian Hartman </a>.

Scope and Contents

Two diaries written by Civil War soldier Maximilian Hartman are included as well as a transcription of their contents.  The first diary begins in September of 1861 and continues until February, 1862.  The second diary continues from February, 1862 and ends in May of that same year.  The diaries delineate the travels and military actions of the 93rd Regiment from Pennsylvania as it passes through Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.  Of local interest are the descriptions of events in Hampton Roads, Yorktown, and Williamsburg regarding the Peninsular Campaign.  The contents of the diaries are rich in details regarding military life, including duties such as marching and drilling, and skirmishes.  There are also descriptions about entertainment, food, sight-seeing, the effects of the weather, and personal observations of the life of a soldier.    Also included are a company roster, an index of letters sent and received, a list of expenses and the lyrics of five popular songs.

Index Terms

    Corporate Name:

  • United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 93rd
  • Genre/Form of Material:

  • Diaries
  • Geographic Name:

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Diaries
  • Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Topical Term:

  • Peninsular Campaign, 1862.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs and music
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Virginia--Description and travel.
  • Williamsburg (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Yorktown (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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