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Thomas J. Cook pocket diaries

Identifier: MM.2020.029

Scope and Contents

Thomas J. Cook. Pair of pocket diaries by a sergeant under Burnside and Sherman. 2 volumes. [271]; [186] pages. 12mo, unmatched original limp calf, first volume with moderate wear, the second worn with front wrapper detached; second volume apparently lacking 2 leaves at beginning, others coming loose, a few pages written in faint ink. January 1863 to February 1865


  • 1863 - 1865

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas J. Cook (1841-1925) of Salem, OH enlisted as a corporal in the 104th Ohio Infantry in August 1862, and was promoted to sergeant in August 1863. The first of his two pocket diaries was kept from January through 17 October 1863, in operations in Kentucky and East Tennessee under General Burnside. On 26 August he reported that Burnside "is not a very stilish man in his dress. Wares an old slouch and check shirt." Cook's second diary was more eventful, from 31 March 1864 to 21 February 1865. His regiment embarked on Sherman's Atlanta campaign on 29 April 1864, and saw action at the Battle of Resaca on 14 May. He returned to his regiment in time for the resounding Union victories at the Battles of Franklin (described 1 December) and Nashville (15-16 December)


1 folder : 2 journals

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Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

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