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Kiger, James S. (fl. 1859-1873) 1861 Diary

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03131.16.03 Author/Creator: Kiger, James S. (fl. 1859-1873) Place Written: [various places] Type: Diary Date: 1861 Pagination: 1 vol.. ; 10 x 13.5 cm. Order a Copy

Records the weather. On March 12th, he mentions the city elections. April 24th, acknowledges how sad it is that so many young men are going to war and he hopes they return safely. Mentions church and bible class frequently. On July 22nd, he notes bad news from the battle of Manassas Junction. Reports say between 3,000 and 15,000 were killed.

Enlisted on 11 August 1862 as a Sergeant. On 4 September 1862 he mustered into "A" Co. NJ 12th Infantry. He was transferred out on 1 October 1863. On 1 October 1863 he transferred into Veteran Reserve Corps. He was discharged on 6 July 1865. He received a promotion as a 1st Sergeant (As of RC).

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