Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Davis E. Castle Journals, 1864-1865
James S. Schoff Civil War Collection
Finding aid created by Manuscript Division Staff
Title: Davis E. Castle journals Creator: Castle, Davis E., b. 1835 Inclusive dates: 1864-1865 Extent: 2 volumes Abstract:
Davis Castle's journals provide information on his service in the Signal Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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Davis E. Castle Journals, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Castle, Davis E., b. 1835
Rank : Captain and Acting Signal Officer
Regiment : United States. Army of the Potomac--Signal Corps
Service : 1861 July 29-1865?
Davis E. Castle received a commission in the 19th Indiana Infantry at the start of the Civil War, and served with that regiment in Virginia from 1861 through 1863. Castle was commended by his superiors several times, and perhaps as a result, was rewarded with a commission as Acting Signal Officer in the Army of the Potomac in 1864.
Collection Scope and Content Note
Davis Castle's journal provides limited information on his service in the Signal Corps of the Army of the Potomac. The document is made up of brief entries, at times illegible handwriting, and empty pages. Castle tended to report second hand information rather than his own experiences.
On the first "Memoranda" page following December 31, 1865, is a list of births in Davis Castle's immediate family. The pages dated November 1, 1864 and August 25, 1865 contain coded passages.
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881.
Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893.
Cedar Creek, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Constitutional amendments--United States.
Foote, Henry 1804-1880.
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865--Assassination.
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865--Inauguration.
Military deserters--United States.
Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888.
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Casualties.
United States. Army--Leaves and furloughs.
United States. Navy.
Vallandingham, Clement Laird, 1820-1871.
Winchester, 3rd Battle of, Winchester, Va., 1864.
Container / Location
Davis E. Castle journal, 1864 January 1-1865 April 21 [series]
New Years Day sobriety
Rebel estates confiscated
Beast Ben Butler
N.C. political upheavals
Library of Congress research
Trains behind schedule
Colonel's cruel death
View of enemy position
Consolidation of troops
Surrender of Plymouth
May 1864-August 1864
[May through Aug contains a daily log of the Army of the Potomac's campaigns, entries being written in Culpepper Courthouse, Leary's House, Bethesda Church, and Avery's House, Va. These entries have not been separately described]