Manchester, Thomas W. Diary

Thomas W. Manchester Diary, 1863 Ms.2019.031


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2019.031
Title
Thomas W. Manchester Diary1863
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Creator
Manchester, Thomas Wilbur, 1841-1928
Language
The diary is in English.
Abstract
The Thomas W. Manchester Diary consists of a single Civil War diary kept by Manchester between March-December 1863. His entries detail weather and daily events, including picketing and marches.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Thomas W. Manchester Diary must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Thomas W. Manchester Diary, Ms2019-031, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Thomas W. Manchester Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 2018.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Thomas W. Manchester Diary was completed in June 2019.


Biographical Note

Thomas Wilbur Manchester was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1841. Thomas was married on September 1, 1861 to Martha Elizabeth Neth (1841-1921) of Glastonbury, Connecticut. They had one child, Charles Francis Manchester, who was born in 1864.

Manchester enlisted as a private on November 20, 1861 and joined Co. A of the First Rhode Island Infantry. The Infantry was attached to Burnside's Brigade in McDowell's Army of Northeastern Virginia. They fought in the Battle of First Bull Run on July 21, 1861. On December 4, 1861, Manchester mustered into Co. L of the First Rhode Island Infantry. While with Co. L, he served in the commissary. He was discharged on May 31, 1863 in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the Third Rhode Island Cavalry on February 28, 1864 and stayed with that regiment until February 1866 when he resigned his commission. During this time with the Third Rhode Island Cavalry, he was promoted from First Sergeant to Captain of Co. B, 97th USCT.

Following the war, Manchester moved back to Providence, Rhode Island, where he worked as a jewelry salesman. He died on March 27, 1928.

Scope and Content

The Thomas W. Manchester Diary consists of a single Civil War diary kept by Thomas W. Manchester between March-December 1863. The diary starts after 14 months of service in the First Rhode Island Infantry. His entries include the topics of weather, daily events, including picketing and marches.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statements for Archival Description

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

Container List

folder 1
Diary
1863