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Title Diaries of William R. Blakeslee (M. D.), 1862 and 1863.
Object Name Diary
Creator Blakeslee, William R.
Scope & Content Diaries of William R. Blakeslee (M. D.), 1862 and 1863. Acount of Blakeslee's service in the Civil War. Includes his involvement in the Penisula Campaign to take Richmond and the battle of Fredericksburg. Present at Gettysburg Dedication ceremony, shakes Lincoln's hand. Monthly cash accounts in rear of diary.

1862 Diary
Dr. Blakeslee was from Coatesville, served as surgeon in the 115th Regt. of PA Volunteers. Entered service on April 3, 1862, at Camp Constitution, Camden, NJ. Unit moved to Camp Curtain near Harrisburg, PA May 31, 1862. Unite moved to Fort Monroe, VA and became part of Union Army in the Pennisula Campaign to take Richmond. Diary ends Dec. 31, 1862. Monthly cash accounts at end of diary.

1863 Diary
Starts out in camp near Falmouth, VA, involved with the hospital, doing misc. work - inspections, meetings, reviews, etc. not all medical work. Fair amount of paper work. Regt. left camp for sort periods of picket duty (where?) Went on leave of absence to visit home in Coatesville March 10. Returned to camp near Falmouth March 19. Back to Coatesville April 7 (not sure what his relation to 115th is at this point) July 4 - must have left service earlier. Reported for duty this date in Reading, PA Mustered in state service. Back to Coatesville. Leaves July 10 on horseback for Reading, arrives at Camp Muhlenberger to Camp Cook near Scranton Aug. 9.Aug. 23, Regt. transferred back to Reading. Mustered out of service Aug. 26 - back to Coatesville. Sept. 9 - signed application to practice medicine in their township. Nov. 19, 1863 - went to Gettysburg for dedication of cemetery. Heard Lincoln's address an shook his hand.

Includes entries labeled "one year ago" which tell of his activities in the war, including march to Fairfax Courthouse and battle of Fredericksburg.


Collection Diary Collection
Extent 2 volumes