|Creator:||Powell, Perry P.|
|Title:||Perry P. Powell diary|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3430 to MS 3435 housed together in 1 half box)|
Perry P. Powell was a Union soldier in the 1st Illinois Light Artillery, Battery G.
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.
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.
Perry P. Powell diary, 1865. MS 3433. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.