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RG1087.AM:  Abner James Hill, 1845-1925

Diaries:  1864-1870

Richardson County, Nebraska; Illinois:  Civil War soldier

Size:  Four volumes


The collection consists of four diaries kept by Abner James Hill (who later changed his name to James A. Hill). In the 1864 and 1865 diaries, Hill writes about daily life as a Union soldier in the Civil War. The entries include information on camp life, battles, medical care, etc. He also lists clothing he received during the war as well as expenses he incurred. Also included is a discharge certificate for Hill.

In the 1867 diary, Hill recounts his travels from Norris, Illinois to Weatherford, Texas where he visited his brother, Joshua Hill. The diary entries give descriptions of the country and the destruction caused by the war. He mentions the treatment of the black people, the many immigrants that were on the steamboats, and the dangers of traveling. In October of 1867, Hill came to Richardson County, Nebraska to work in construction and soon purchased 80 acres of land. In the 1870 diary he describes his daily life in Richardson County, Nebraska and Norris, Illinois.


Diaries, 1864-1870


Subject headings:

Hill Family

Hill, Abner James, 1845-1925

Hill, James A., 1845-1925

Hill, Joshua

Illinois. Infantry. 102nd Regiment, Co. F

Messler, Reuben

Military camps

Military life

Norris (Illinois) — History

Richardson County (Nebraska) — History

Texas — Description and travel

United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Personal narratives

Weatherford (Texas) — History


Revised TMM         05-03-2008