Davis E. Castle journals (1864-1865)

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Summary Information

Title: Davis E. Castle journals
Creator: Castle, Davis E., b. 1835
Inclusive dates: 1864-1865
Extent: 2 volumes
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
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1976. M-1730.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation

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.

Subject Terms

  • Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
  • Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881.
  • Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893.
  • Cedar Creek, Battle of, Va., 1864.
  • Ciphers.
  • Constitutional amendments--United States.
  • Draft.
  • Food.
  • Foote, Henry 1804-1880.
  • Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
  • Libraries.
  • Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865--Assassination.
  • Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865--Inauguration.
  • Military deserters--United States.
  • Military reconnaissance.
  • Murder.
  • Mutiny.
  • New Year.
  • Plymouth (N.C.)
  • Presidents--United States--Election--1864.
  • Railroads.
  • Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888.
  • Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.
  • Slaves--Emancipation--Maryland.
  • Smithsonian Institution.
  • 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.
Genre Terms:
  • Diaries.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Davis E. Castle journal,  1864 January 1-1865 April 21 [series]
Volume   1  
 January 1864
New Years Day sobriety
Rebel estates confiscated
Prisoner exchange
Beast Ben Butler
N.C. political upheavals
 February 1864
Library of Congress research
 March 1864
Trains behind schedule
Colonel's cruel death
View of enemy position
Consolidation of troops
 April 1864
Horse race
Surrender of Plymouth
Burnside's movements
 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]
 September 1864
Atlanta falls
 1864 election
Furlough to Massachusetts
3rd Battle of Winchester
 October 1864
Battle of Cedar Creek
 November 1864
Maryland emancipation
 1864 election
Volume   2  
 January 1865
Arrest of Senator Foote
Crumbling Confederacy
Smithsonian Institution
Gen. Grant's new home
Murder in Treasury Building
14th Amendment
 February 1865
 March 1865
14th Amendment ratification
Inauguration of Lincoln
Sheridan's victories
Sherman's progress
 April 1865
Lee surrenders
Lincoln's death and funeral
Assassination attempts on Cabinet members