Collection Number: 05674-z

Collection Title: Isaac O. Shelby Diaries and Photographs, 1862-1865

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Size 5 items
Abstract The collection contains two diaries kept by Union solider Isaac O. Shelby while he served in the 25th Iowa Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and three carte des visites portraits of him. Diary entries describe his regiment's involvement in the siege of Vicksburg; the Battle of Chattanooga; the siege of Atlanta; the Battle of Bentonville, and the surrender at Bennett Place.
Creator Shelby, Isaac O.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Isaac O. Shelby Diaries and Photographs #5674-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from James Allen Hill in December 2015 (Acc. 102503).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Isaac O. Shelby was born around 1841 and lived in Mount Pleasant, Ind. On 21 August 1862, when he was twenty-one years old, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 25th Iowa Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Shelby died in Ft. Concho, Tex., on 9 August 1883. He is buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery in Des Moines County, Iowa.

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Two diaries and three cartes des visites photographs of Union soldier Isaac O. Shelby. The first diary covers 1 December 1862 to 26 November 1863; the second diary covers 1864 to April 1865. He wrote about his regiment's involvement in the siege of Vicksburg; the Battle of Chattanooga; the siege of Atlanta; the Battle of Bentonville, and the surrender at Bennett Place.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Southern Historical Collection and Technical Services staff, January 2016

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, January 2016

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