Civil War Diary - 9th Cavalry

Civil War Diary of 9th Cavalry 
2 folders

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, December 2012


Organizational History:

The Ninth Indiana Cavalry, 121st Regiment, was recruited in the fall and winter, 1863. They were organized as a regiment on March 1, 1864, in Indianapolis. Traveling by train, the soldiers left Indianapolis on May 3, 1864 for Nashville, Tennessee, and then to Pulaski, where they remained until November 23, 1864. They fought against Generals Wheeler and Forrest in Alabama and Tennessee. They went to New Orleans early in 1865. They were stationed at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Some of the men were on the steamer Sultana when it sank in April 1865.


Information Found within Collection.

Scope and Content:

In folder one, there are two diaries, one without a cover, and in folder two is a typed transcription by Susan Traux dated 1999. The author of the diaries is either Robert Young (according to Susan Traux) or James L. DuBois (according to David Frost). Both Robert and James were mustered out on August 28, 1865, which is confirmed by the diary entry on Sunday, August 27, 1865: “Set mustered out at 4 PM.” On August 28, he wrote: “Spend the forenoon in preparing to move homeward.”

David Frost of Los Angeles, California, lists relatives mentioned in the diaries who fit with family members of James DuBois. Both William H. DuBois and James L. DuBois, from Union County, are listed in Company D, 121st Regiment.  

The last pages list the men of Company D, starting with William M. Ammerman, and ending with Frederick Zuttermister.

On September 22, 1865, he wrote: “Reach Memphis about 8, stop until half past nine. See the remains of the Sultana a short distance above Memphis.” The steamer Sultana exploded on April 26, 1865, killing 55 men of the 9th Cavalry. 

The entries in pencil are difficult to read, but those written in ink are clear. 

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory


Folder 1.  Two diaries, Company D, 9th Cavalry

Jan. 1 to Nov. 19, 1864 Leather-bound diary
Nov. 28, 1864 - Sept. 12, 1865 Diary without a cover

Folder 2.  Transcription of Diaries by Susan Traux (unnumbered pages)   

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 2 folders
Collection Dates: 1864-1865
Provenance:  Unknown
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  Due to the fragile condition of the original diaries, those items cannot be photocopied.
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.
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