The Byron B. Thomas collection consists of diaries and notes describing Byron's "life as a common solder" [preface] in the 70th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. In over ten diaries and almost 600 pages, Byron describes his regiment's movements and activities, and dutifully notes his daily experiences. Byron discusses training, marching, discipline, fighting, food, living conditions, and rumors of rebel activities.
This collection also includes an incomplete book of war recollections called Notes for his journal, "A Few of the Particulars." Present is a preface to his recollections, a clothing book for his company, S.K. Steck's memorial "Grant as a Soldier," copies of official circulars, a broadside entitled "Beauties of the Soldiers' Home," and personal accounts of the war taken from J. N. Morrath and [William] Wolf.