Edwin R. Osband diaries
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of three diaries (1861-1864) of Edwin R. Osband of Wayne County, Michigan, kept during his service in the Civil War.
The diary entries express alarm at the "profanity and wickedness" among the soldiers (December 23, 1861), describe exorbitant prices in Nashville (February, 1862), and predict that "the war will not be of long duration" (January 9, 1862). There are also comments on a dispute over pay among members of the regiment (1862), and reports on food shortages (October, 1864).
The last journal contains the names and addresses of the men in Company H who were discharged with Osband. After the war, the last volume was used to record mileage charts, home remedies, and financial records.
- 1861 - 1866
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.
Edwin R. Osband enlisted in Company H, First Michigan Regiment of Engineers and Mechanics and was elected second sergeant in November 1861. He saw duty in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia before his discharge in October 1864.
0.2 Cubic Feet (, 2 folders)
Language of Materials
Gift of Mrs. J.H. Larabee, 1962-06-18. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.
Copyright: Michigan State University.
Property Rights: Michigan State University.
- Edwin R. Osband Diaries
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- March 1965
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- Finding aid written in English.