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William E. Davis diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 59

Scope and Contents

Holograph diaries kept by Davis during his service in the Civil War. Includes brief statments regarding drills, deaths, weather, and daily activities.


  • 1862-1865


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William E. Davis diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

William E. Davis (1842-1924) was a soldier and farmer from New York and Michigan.

William Edward Davis was born on November 26, 1842 in Pulteney, New York to Edward Davis and Philinda A. Townsend. On August 25, 1862, at age 19, he enlisted in the Union forces, and joined Company A, New York 161st Infantry Regiment on September 18, 1862. He was soon promoted to Full Corporal on November 28, 1862, and fought with his unit in engagements largely in Louisiana and Alabama. With the end of the war he mustered out of the service on September 20, 1865 at Fort Jefferson, Florida.

After the war he returned to farming in Monroe County, New York. On September 30, 1875 he married Lois Sherwood Buell, and they eventually had five children. Prior to 1900 he relocated to Bowne, Michigan. Davis died on May 7, 1924 in Caledonia, Michigan.


3 folders (0.16 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Short register included with collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Fred A. Rosenstock.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcriptions of diaries included in collection, available in Folders 1-3.

Register of William E. Davis diaries
2010 May 20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States