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About this collection

As part of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil  War, in 2011 the Miami University Libraries began creating a digital collection of important Civil War materials housed in The Walter Havighurst Special Collections. The first pieces to be digitized and accessible online are several Civil War diaries in the collection; three kept by Miami students and three by local Ohio community members who took up arms to fight for the Union. The diarists, all of whom served as members of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, record their impressions and experiences on a variety of topics, including their interrupted college studies, the daily life of a soldier, military engagements and news from the home front.

 
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