Wilbur Nelson papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of Nelson's war diaries, several transcriptions, a narrative describing Nelson's war experiences, and a muster roll. Nelson wrote his diaries in shorthand. Included are his original diary for 1864, typed and handwritten transcriptions of the 1864 diary, and a typed transcription of Nelson's diary for 1865 (the original is not included in the collection). The narrative, written by Nelson's grandson Gaylord Nelson, is based on Wilbur Nelson's diary for 1863 and his correspondence (which are not included in the collection). The muster roll for Company J, 102nd Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops, dated February 14, 1864, lists the name, age, and rank of Nelson's soldiers.
This collection has been transcribed, scanned and placed online at http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-1C/wilbur_nelson/.
- 1864 - 1865
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.
Wilbur Nelson of Arcadia Township, Clinton County, Michigan, was born January 15, 1839. Nelson served in the 8th Michigan Infantry from 1861 to 1863. He was promoted from sergeant to second lieutenant on January 1, 1863. In late November 1863, Wilbur was wounded in action and resigned. In March 1864, he accepted a commission as Captain in the 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry (in the Civil War, black troops served in segregated units commanded by white officers). When the war ended Nelson returned to Michigan, opened a store, and married Cornelia Church.
0.1 Cubic Feet (3 folders)
Language of Materials
Gift of Miles Nelson, 1959-07-07. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.
Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University
- Wilbur Nelson Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- August 1968
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.