This collection contains the diary and correspondence written by Private Daniel (last name unknown). The collection is organized by type of material and the date. In his letters to his sister, Susie, Daniel describes his everyday life as a Union soldier in the Civil War. Some of the topics he discusses and describes are the barracks, rationing, food, other regiments encountered, ailments, letters, gifts and religious views. The letters are dated between September 14, 1862 and September 15, 1864. While writing these letters, the 44th Massachusetts Volunteers Regiment camped at various locations. They camped at Readville, Massachusetts, Newberne (New Bern), North Carolina, and Brice’s Creek, North Carolina. Daniel also camped with an unknown regiment in Arlington Heights, Virginia, near Fort Smith in Virginia, and Fort Delaware in Delaware.
The diary in the collection contains a more detailed description of Daniels life in Brice’s Creek, North Carolina, between February 16, 1863 and May 16, 1863. In his diary, he talks about everyday life at the camp and what they do in their spare time. In their spare time, they would read, write, play games like badminton and dominos, pray, sing, and sew. The other parts of their day involved doing guard duty drilling and chopping wood for the kitchen and quarters. Besides everyday camp life, Daniels does mention the comings and goings of militia groups. Some of the militia groups that he encounters are the 3rd NY Calvary, 51st Regiment, 17th Regiment, 43rd Regiment, and 45th Regiment.