Johnson, Andrew J. Civil War Diary

Johnson, Andrew J. Diary
1862-1865 and 1961 (Foreword)
1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, December 2011

Biographical History:

Andrew Jackson Johnson, born May 5, 1842, joined the 70th Indiana Regiment, Company I, on August 7, 1862 and served until June 13, 1865.  He was one of 14 children born to Charles and Eleanor Johnson of Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana.  Three of his brothers served in the Union Army: William Thomas (born 1837), Samuel Herriott (born 1839 and died in the war), and Nathaniel Lafayette (born 1843).   On September 14, 1876, Andrew married Nancy Elizabeth Peggs (born August 17, 1851) near Franklin, Indiana.  They had nine children, six of whom grew to adulthood.  Andrew died April 17, 1916.


Information found within the collection.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection contains three copies of the typed manuscript containing 20 pages, plus a map of the Atlanta Campaign.  The manuscript was typed from original diaries written in ink and typed by Ralph W. and Inez Jones Johnson, of Greenwood, Indiana, who donated them.

The foreword (page i) gives the family history.  The next page (ii) is a roster of Company I, 70th Indiana Regiment. Page iii give a summary of where the Regiment served, and states that “no deserter yet stains her record.”

Pages 1-19, Andrew tells the places and activities during his service with the 70th Indiana, in Tennessee and Georgia.  He worked on making wreaths for people and for churches, and tells about hunting for materials such as moss and laurel.  He wrote about the weather, rations, and war news. 

On the last page, dated Nov. 27th, 1862, Gallatin, Tenn., Inez and Ralph Johnson added: “Acknowledgment is due to Dr. Herbert J. and Dorothy Johnson Langen of Tucson, Arizona, without whose generous assistance, this work would not have been completed.

Two of the folders are blue paper cover and one is gray paper cover. A map is in the back of each folder.

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Item Listing – Information is identical in all three folders

Folder 1 – 3:

1863 Feb. 12 through Aug. 24, one paragraph summary of activities and places.
1864 Feb. 20 (page 1) through Dec. 25 (page 11) diary entries.
1865 Jan. 1 (page 12) through June 19 (page 19)
April 19, 1865 Order of General Sherman (page 19)
October 7, 1863 Brother Samuel H. Johnson was killed near Shelbyville, Tennessee.  An itemized list of his possessions is given.
Nov. 27, 1862 Letter to family by A. J. Johnson, from Gallatin, Tennessee.
Map Map of the Atlanta Campaign

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 3 folders, all the same, 24 pages in each folder
Collection Dates: 1862-1865, and 1961
Provenance: Ralph W. and Inez Jones Johnson, Greenwood, Indiana, December 1961
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English.
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None