Diaries 1854-1917 [series]
(46 volumes (in 5 expanding files))
The last series consists of Lewis's Diaries which span 1854 to 1917 with a few years missing. With far fewer gaps and more regularity than most of the Correspondence, this series is the most important one in this collection. It offers an informative view of a long and active life. In the earlier diaries, William wrote mostly of daily life. Diaries that cover the Civil War usually contain the briefest entries, but are still almost always on a daily basis. The entries usually discuss maneuvers, battles, and skirmishes. From 1865 until 1890, the diaries again record daily events. After Fred's death in 1890, the entries slant heavily towards William's son, Fred. Special court cases he was involved in, and family gatherings or visits receive more detail, especially after 1900.