Perry P. Powell diary

Perry P. Powell diary

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Powell, Perry P.
Title: Perry P. Powell diary
Dates: 1865
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3430 to MS 3435 housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3433

Biographical/Historical Note

Perry P. Powell was a Union soldier in the 1st Illinois Light Artillery, Battery G.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a diary that Perry P. Powell kept during the year 1865. The diary begins January 1, 1865 while 20 year-old Powell is still at home in Waukegan, Illinois. He enlists on February 20, 1865 and starts for Camp Butler in Springfield, Illinois. He arrives in Memphis, Tennessee on March 6. He describes several events such as the celebration over the capture of Richmond and General Lee, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the explosion of the steamer Sultana in the Mississippi River, and the capture of Jefferson Davis. On July 24, 1865 he mustered out and returned home where he continued farming. In September, 1865 he traveled to Blairstown, Iowa to open a store with partner, Oliver Bluffington. The diary describes the stocking and opening of the store, the town, and the townspeople.

Index Terms

Blairstown (Iowa)--Description and travel.
Bluffington, Oliver
Camp Butler (Ill.).
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Assassination
Powell, Perry P. -- Diaries
Retail trade--Iowa--Blairstown.
Retail trade--Ownership--Personal narratives.
Richmond (Va.)--History--Siege, 1864-1865.
Sultana (Steamboat). -- Explosion, 1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States. Army. Illinois Light Artillery Regiment, 1st (1861-1865). Battery G. -- Diaries
United States. Army. Illinois Light Artillery Regiment, 1st (1861-1865). Battery G. -- Military life

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Perry P. Powell diary, 1865. MS 3433. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Diary, 1865 View online.