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William R. McCrary Civil War diary

William R. McCrary Civil War Diary

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Finding aid for the William R. McCrary Civil War Diary

MSS.11.21

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Henderson, Edward G.
Creator:McCrary, William Robert, 1836-?
Title: William R. McCrary Civil War Diary
Dates: 1863
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains a monograph that includes transcriptions from the diary of William R. McCrary of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment.
Identification: MSS.11.21
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection contains one document.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains a monograph that includes transcriptions from the diary of William R. McCrary of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment.


Biographical Note

William Robert McCrary was born 1836, in Lowndes County, Alabama, the son of George Littleton and Lucinda Ann Rutledge McCrary, both natives of Georgia. His family moved to Lowndes County, Mississippi, when he was a child. At age twenty, he left home to attend the Kentucky Military Institute where he graduated with a degree in civil engineering. In 1862, he enlisted in Company I, 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, having previously served twelve months in an unknown battalion where he was commissioned a lieutenant. The 43rd Mississippi, commanded by Colonel Richard Harrison was a part of Brigadier General Louis Herbert's Brigade, Major General John H. Forney's Division, Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana. Lieutenant McCrary began his diary in the spring of 1863, while entrenched in Vicksburg, Mississippi ,and cutoff by Union forces. He had optimistically hoped for reinforcement from General Joseph Johnston, but eventually became discouraged of unreliable news as the 43rd Infantry suffered continued bombardment and a scarcity of rations. On July 3-4, 1863, a truce and surrender was negotiated. McCrary as a prisoner of the Union Army was paroled on July 7 and soon made his way home to Columbus on a thirty-day furlough. He was later commissioned as a captain. At the end of the war, McCrary entered into business in Columbus, Mississippi. In 1872, he married Eugenia Witherspoon in Prairie County, Arkansas. She was a native of Lowndes County, Mississippi, who had moved to Arkansas with her family. At the time of their marriage, he was still living in Columbus, but by 1874, had moved to Arkansas and established a mercantile trade in Lonoke, Arkansas.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Columbus (Miss.)
Confederate States of America. Army. Mississippi Infantry Regiment, 43rd.
McCrary, William Robert, 1836-?
Vicksburg (Miss.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William R. McCrary Civil War Diary, MSS 11-21, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated, 2011


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