A. F. Williams Diary, 1862

Manuscript Collection #246

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: A. F. Williams Diary
    Creator: Williams, A. F. (Alfred Franklin)
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Diary (1862) consisting of photocopies, typescript, general store account record.
    Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 1 volume , Diary (1862), photocopy and typescript.
  • Description

    Williams' diary covers the period from departure from Kinston (May 30, 1862) of the regiment commanded by Colonel Laurence Simmons Baker until Williams returned to Richmond, Va. (August 7, 1862) after being released from a Union prison. The diary (June 8 to June 27) covers the movement of the regiment toward Richmond to take part in the Confederate defense of the city during General George McClellan's Peninsula Campaign.

    From June 27 to June 29 the entries reflect the role played by the 9th Regiment of Robert Ransom's Brigade as they were placed in reserve on Phillips Farm on the Richmon side of the Chickahominy River. On June 29 Baker and five companies of the 9th Regiment moved down the New Market and Charles City roads attempting to pinpoint Union troop locations. They encountered Union troops at Willis' Church and during the fighting, Williams was captured. In his diary Williams gives a graphic description of the movement and involvement of his company in the fighting.

    The diary (June 30 to July 11) tells of Williams and the other Confederate prisoners being transported to a Union prison on Governor's Island, New York. Williams describes this movement in detail giving emphasis on transportation and Union food. Williams remained at Governor's Island from July 12 to August 2, 1862. He comments on the crowded conditions, food and clothing, rumors of prisoner exchange, prison escapes, treatment of prisoners, smallpox in the camp, signing the oath of allegiance andvisitations. The final portion of the diary (August 2 to August 7) covers Williams' exchange and movement to Camp Lee (Richmond).

    At the end of the diary is a general store account record (1865-1867).

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Alfred Franklin Williams enlisted in the Confederate Army in Duplin County, N.C., on June 22, 1861, at the age of 19. He served as a private in Company I, 9th North Carolina State Troops, First North Carolina Cavalry Regiment, Robert Ransom's Regiment. Williams was captured by Union forces near Harrison's Landing, Virginia, on June 29, 1862. He was a prisoner of war until exchanged at Aiken's Landing, Virginia, on August 5, 1862. Williams was discharged from the army on March 29, 1863, when he furnished Edward Hansley Williams as his substitute.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 11, 1973, 1 volume; Civil War diary (1862). Loaned for copying by Mr. William F. Elliot, Wilmington, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Loaned by Mr. William F. Elliot

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    A. F. Williams Diary (#246), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by C. Joyner, April 1974

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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