Bonsall, George W., Diaries

A Guide to the George W. Bonsall Diaries, 1861-1878 Ms.1997.015


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1997.015
Title
George W. Bonsall Diaries,1861-1878
Quantity
0.2 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
Bonsall, George W.
Language
The materials in the collection are in 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

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], George W. Bonsall Diaries, Ms1997-015, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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

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 Note

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 Contents

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Bonsall, George W.
  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Diaries

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the George W. Bonsall Diaries by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

box 1
Diaries
1861-1878