John H. Tilford Diaries,1862-1866

Descriptive Summary

Title
John H. Tilford Diaries,1862-1866
Creator
Tilford, John H., 1841-1899
Extent
9 v. 0.33 cubic ft.
Subjects
Afro-American soldiers-- History-- 19th century.
Afro-American soldiers-- History-- Sources.
Bellevue Hospital Medical College-- History-- 19th century.
Bellevue Hospital Medical College-- History-- Sources.
Hermitage, The (Hermitage, Tenn.)-- History-- 19th century.
Hermitage, The (Hermitage, Tenn.)-- History-- Sources.
Medical colleges-- New York (N.Y.)-- History-- 19th century.
Medical colleges-- New York (N.Y.)-- History-- Sources.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Campaigns-- Sources.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Medical care-- Sources.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Participation, Afro-American-- Sources.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Regimental histories.
United States.-- Army-- Medical care.
United States.-- Army-- Military life-- History-- 19th century.
United States.-- Army-- Military life-- History-- Sources.
United States.-- Army-- Surgeons-- Archives.
United States.-- Army.-- Indiana Infantry Regiment, 79th (1862-186510-- History-- Sources.
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Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Second assistant surgeon of the 79th Indiana Infantry Regiment, Army of the Cumberland. Daily diary of Tilford describes the movements and engagements of the Union Army throughout Ky., Tenn., Ga., and Ala. He notes his work and vividly recounts the boredom and excitement of day to day soldiering. He witnesses the battles at Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, and Nashville, as well as numerous skirmishes. Also included is a letter to his parents from Chattanooga as well as two letters of family news from his mother in Indianapolis. One volume is the 1864 diary of Luna A. Meeks who married Tilford in 1866. It contains family news and news of her travels. There are also miscellaneous papers and clippings. The last two volumes of Tilford's diary concern his return to Indianapolis and his study at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York. Card index in repository