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Object Name Diary
Catalog Number 2016.020.00007
Date 1864-1865
Scope & Content Diary of Francis R. Whitaker 1864-1865

First few pages have the sunrise and sunset times from April 18, 1864 through June 30, 1864. Followed by 2 pages of List of expenses since Nov 15th, 1864; list titles; a poem titled "My Mother's Death" by Freeling N. Cole; poem titled "Angel Mother, I am Dreaming" by Francis Don Carlos; Poem titled "After the Battle" by Tom Moore; list of expenses; various poems, roster of the Stonewall Brigade, and various names with either addresses or unit affilliation. Includes various entries regarding his imprisonment at Fort Delaware, such as songs composed and sung by the musical company. Some pages appear to have a child's pencil 'doodlings'.
Creator Whitaker, Francis
Archival History Francis R. Whitaker served in 27th Virginia Infantry, Co. E. A printer prior to the war, he enlisted at Lewisburg on 5/9/1861 as a private, but was ultimately promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He is believed to have been from New York, but for unknown reasons chose to enlist with the Confederate Army. He was wounded in the neck at Payne's Farm on 11/27/1863. He was captured at Strasburg 9/23/1864; held at Fort Delaware, where he refused to take the oath of allegiance. He was released on 6/17/1865.
People Whitaker, Francis Rushmore (Rush)
Moore, Tom
Don Carlos, Francis
Cole, Freeling N.
Search Terms divided families
Fort Delaware
Subjects Music
Prisoners of war
Songs & music