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William P. Wilkin diary

Identifier: AC-454

Scope and Contents

This collection consist of a 46-page, typed transcript of William P. Wilkin Diary, 1861-1863, Company F, First Cavalry Regiment of the West Virginia Volunteers. Eventually promoted to Captain, he was discharged in February 1865 for medical disabilities incurred in the line of duty. The diary refers to weather conditions, duties, raids, skirmishes and battles participated in, casualties, and prisoners taken. Wilkins was involved in the Battle of Gettysburg and has short entries discussing that battle. A few days after Gettysburg, he was taken prisoner near Hagerstown, Maryland; he was taken to Richmond and put in Libby prison, but was paroled and sent back. Wilkins discusses this entire experience with daily entries in his diary.


  • Creation: 1992



All materials are in English.

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Biographical Note

William Porter Wilkin was born January 24, 1825 in Washington County, Pennsylvania and died December 9, 1871 in Missouri. Wilkin married Harriett McKown in Athens, Ohio on March 15, 1848. He served in the United States First Cavalry Regiment of West Virginia Volunteers. After the war, he moved to Hannibal, Missouri where he operated a sawmill.


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The William P. Wilkin Diary is a copy of a personal (almost) daily diary of Wilkin from March 6 to December 31, 1863, while he served in the Federal United States army during the Civil War. Also included is a letter to Jim Moyer from Richard Keith Irish, who sent the copy to Moyer.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish in 2008 and accessioned as AC.2008.072.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, June 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

William P. Wilkin diary
Processed by Anita Elliott
June 6, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository