James M. Hart Civil War Diary

James M. Hart Civil War Diary
1863, 1974
1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, May 2012


Biographical Note:

James M. Hart lived in Salt Creek, Decatur County, Indiana, with his parents in 1860, and then with his wife and children until 1900. His parents, William and Cealeyann, were both born in Kentucky.  In 1860, his father was 48; his mother was 44; he was 20; and his brother Leonard P. was 7.  During the time of these diary entries, he frequently mentions receiving letters from his wife and his parents. 

James joined his brother Asa in the 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry.  Asa served until wounded and discharged in June 1862.  James was wounded twice during his three years fighting in the Civil War.  He left the 7th Indiana from January 20 to March 3, 1863.  When he returned, he was demoted from Corporal to Private. His second daughter was born in December 1863. In January 1887, the charge of desertion was removed from James Hart’s military record and changed to absent without leave.

In 1880, the federal census lists James, age 40, living with his wife, Harriett, age 41, and their six children. The two older boys were Frances, age 13, and Willard, age 11. The girls were Celie, age 9, and Sersepta, age 7.  The two younger boys were Thomas, age 3, and Daniel, age 1.  In 1900, James (born June 1839) and Harriett had been married for 39 years.  Two sons, living with their parents, were Thomas J., age 24, and Allen J., age 18.



Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of a 25-page typed manuscript. The first 7 pages are an introductory materials by Jerry M. Easley, editor and compiler, followed by 18 pages of James Hart’s diary entries, which have been typed.  Mr. Easley gives a summary of the Seventh Indiana, during their three-month service and then their three-year service.  On page 4, he gives a chronological list of battles and engagements of the 7th Indiana.  Battle or campaigns that are discussed in the diary include: Battles of Port Republic, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Bristoe, Wilderness, Laurel Hill and Spotsylvania.

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Item Listing


1974 Pages 1-7 edited and compiled by Jerry M. Easley
1863 Pages 8-25 diary entries by James M. Hart

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 item, 25 typed pages
Collection Dates: 1863 and 1973
Provenance: Jerry M. Easley, 1974
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.
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MA BA 7-12-2013