Abram Rinker diaries

Abram Rinker diaries

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Rinker, Abram
Title: Abram Rinker diaries
Dates: 1863-1864
Quantity: 0.06 Linear feet (3 volumes; MS 369 to MS 391 housed together in 1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of two Civil War diaries of Abram Rinker written during his service with Company B of the 52nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers from May 1863 - December 1864. Rinker was stationed in North and South Carolina including Beauford, Morris, James, and Folly Islands (S.C.) and Ft. Strong (N.C.). Entries discuss Rinker's health; the weather; camp life - drills, guard duty, foraging for food, and officers; bombardments and shelling along the coast; and ship movements - including battles involving the "ironsides." Other entries pertain to the execution of a deserter, new conscripts in the unit, the arrival of Confederate prisoners, news of battles in other states, particularly the taking of Atlanta, election results in the North, both local and national. Rinker was apparently mustered out in October 1864 since the final entries pertain to life at home and visits with relatives.
Coll. Number: ms391

Biographical/Historical Note

Abram Rinker, Union soldier with Company B of the 52nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, from Furman Hill, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 52nd (1861-1865).

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

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

Abram Rinker diaries. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Diaries View online.