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Beach, Elias William (1841-1921) [Diaries of Elias W. Beach] [decimalized]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00919.23 Author/Creator: Beach, Elias William (1841-1921) Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1858-1866 Pagination: 7 items

Seven diaries, including 5 covering the Civil War years. Diary 1 contains the years 1858 and 1861; diary 2 contains 1862; diary 3 contains 1863; diary 4 contains the years 1863-1864; diary 5 contains the rest of 1864; diary 6 contains 1865; and diary 7 contains 1866.

Beach was a member of the 50th New York Volunteer Engineers.

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