Holliday, John Diaries and Photographs

A Guide to the John Holliday Diaries and Photographs, 1864-1865, undated Ms.2012.028


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Ryan Speer, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2012.028
Title
John Holliday Diaries and Photographs,1864-1865, undated
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01072.xml
Quantity
0.2 Cubic Feet 1 box
DIGITAL CONTENT
The first of the two diaries in this collection has been digitized and is available online.
Creator
Holliday, John (91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry)
Language
English .
Abstract
The collection consists of two diaries written by John Holliday between May 1864 and July 1865, and five undated photographs (four believed to be of Holliday and one of his wife).

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from John Holliday Diaries and Photographs must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Alternate Form Available

The first of the two diaries in this collection has been digitized and is available online.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John Holliday Diaries and Photographs, Ms2012-028, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

John Holliday Diaries and Photographs were purchased by Special Collections in April 2011.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John Holliday Diaries and Photographs, Ms2012-028, was completed in June 2012.


Biographical and Historical Note

John Holliday was a non-commissioned officer in Company C, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment; he joined the regiment in Spring 1864. During his service, he was promoted from corporal to sergeant, before mustering out.

The 91st Ohio was organized at Camp Ironton, Ohio, in August 1862 and mustered into service the next month. The regiment served briefly in the Ohio River Valley before transferring operations to West Virginia's Kanawha River Valley during winter 1862 and spring 1863. Apart from a brief foray into Ohio, the 91st spent most of the remainder of 1863 and early 1864 in West Virginia. After spring 1864, and until the close of the war, it operated in Virginia's New River and Shenandoah valleys, where it was mustered out in June 1865.

During Holliday's term of service, the regiment lost 63 men to battle and 90 to disease. Holliday survived, returning to his home in July 1865.

Scope and Content

Holliday's diaries, the first covering 1 May through 8 August 1864 and the second covering 1 September 1864 through 4 July 1865, begin with the regiment's entry into Virginia's New River Valley and conclude with his return to Ohio at the conclusion of the war. Holliday includes information on his participation in action in and around the New River Valley, including the battles of Cloyd's Mountain and New River Bridge.

The collection also includes four photographs, believed to be of Holliday, and one of his wife. Two of the images have locks of hair under the glass and several have hand-painted details added.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Cloyds Mountain, Battle of, Va., 1864
  • Diaries
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Lynchburg, Battle of, Lynchburg, Va., 1864
  • New River Bridge, Battle of, Va., 1864
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Diaries
  • Winchester, 3rd Battle of, Winchester, Va., 1864

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Holliday, John (91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry)

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1-2
Diaries
1864-1865
box-folder 1 folder: 3-6
Photographs
n.d.