John Brentlinger Diary, 1862-1863

Manuscript Collection #438

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Title: John Brentlinger Diary
Creator: Brentlinger, John
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Diary (1862-1863) including xerox copy, camp life, burning of boat, etc.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 1 item, photocopy of 57-page diary.

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Accessions Information

February 12, 1982, 1 volume, photocopy; Pennsylvania soldier's diary (1862-1863). Gift of Tony B. Day, Winterville, N.C.

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

John Brentlinger Diary (#438), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Tony B. Day

Processing Information

  • Processed by J. Smith, October 1982

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

John Brentlinger, a private in Company D of the 158th Regiment of Pennsylvania drafted militia, commanded by Colonel David Bell McKibbin, maintained a daily diary reflecting his service in the United States Army between October 21, 1862, and August 5, 1863.

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Most of the brief notations record movements of Brentlinger's company from Chambersburg, Pa., to New Bern, N.C., and back again. The troops were encamped at New Bern from January 1 until April 23, 1863, and at Washington, N.C., from April 23 until June 26, 1863. Much of the diary describes the daily routine of camp life. A few notations pertain to troop movements to Trenton, N.C., officers' activities, the testing of artillery (May 21, June 3, 1863), and minor skirmishes around New Bern and Washington. Of particular interest to local historians are descriptions of "Little" Washington: Main Street (Apr. 24, 1863), the saw mill (Apr. 30, May 4, 1863), the hospital (May 4, 1863), and the accidental burning of a supply boat (May 2, 1863).

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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