Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Joseph B. Husted Diary, 1862-1863

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, December 2009

Summary Information
Title: Joseph B. Husted diary
Creator: Husted, Joseph B.
Inclusive dates: 1862-1863
Extent: 1 volume
The Joseph B. Husted diary documents the daily life of a member of the 12th New Jersey Regiment. In the short daily entries from August 11, 1862- January 24, 1863, Husted described camp life and drills while his regiment was stationed around Baltimore and Frederick, Maryland.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2932.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Alternate Format:

A partial transcription of the diary is in the control file.

Preferred Citation:

Joseph B. Husted Diary, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Husted, Joseph B.

Rank : Cpl.

Regiment : 12th New Jersey Volunteer Regiment, Co. K. (1862-1865)

Little is known of Joseph B. Husted, the author of this Civil War diary. His diary mentions sisters Elizabeth (October 28, 1862) and Mary (November 3, 1862) but few additional clues to identify his family. We do know that he was a corporal in Co. K of the 12th New Jersey Regiment starting on August 6, 1862, and was discharged from the Army General Hospital on a disability claim at Fairfax Seminary, Virginia, on Oct. 24, 1863.

The 12th New Jersey Infantry Volunteers was organized in the summer of 1862 by Captain William B. Royal with a total of 992 men at Camp Stockton in Woodbury, New Jersey. It traveled to Baltimore and Washington D.C. where it joined the Army of the Potomac. Husted fought with the regiment in many key battles including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Falling Waters.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The diary opens with the following identifier:

Joseph B. Husted

Co. K 12th Regt

Camp Stockton

Tent No. 6

Transferred to tent No. 3.

The diary (111 pages) is composed of short daily entries from August 11, 1862- January 24, 1863, most consisting of only one line, describing daily camp life and drills. Husted was probably stationed around Baltimore and Frederick, Maryland, while he was writing the diary. In several entries he mentioned the capture of Confederate prisoners, and in the January 17, 1863, entry he described his division's review by General Burnside. The last 17 pages of the diary list members of the regiment and their statuses: dead, wounded, 1st and 2nd relief, and those who were paid out.

Though the brief entries offer just the essence of soldier life in the Union Army, they do supply a consistent level of detail throughout, especially in regard to food, drills, travel and activities, inspections, entertainment, weather, prisoners, and skirmishes.

Subject Terms

    • Military camps--Maryland.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army. New Jersey Infantry Regiment, 12th (1862-1865) Company F.
    • United States. Army. New Jersey Infantry Regiment, 12th (1862-1865)--Registers.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Joseph B. Husted diary,  1862-1863 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Haines, Wm. P. History of the Men of Co. F, with Description of the Marches and Battles of the 12th New Jersey Vols. Mickleton, N.J.: [s.n.], 1897.