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Daniel G. Prosser Civil War diary

Daniel G. Prosser Civil War diary

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Finding aid for the Daniel G. Prosser Civil War diary

BC.MSS.16.09

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

January 19, 2017



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Prosser, Daniel G., 1841-1868
Title: Daniel G. Prosser Civil War diary
Dates: 1862-1866
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains a pocket diary kept from 1862 to 1864 by Daniel G. Prosser of the 1st Indiana Cavalry.
Identification: BC.MSS.16.09
Language: English

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains a pocket diary kept by Daniel G. Prosser of the 1st Indiana Cavalry from 1862 to 1864. The bulk of the entries are from 1862 and 1863. Other entries include poems he wrote, financial records, and a few entries from the years following the war.


Biographical Information

Daniel G. Prosser was born September 3, 1841, in Spencer County, in southern Indiana, to Alfred and Mary Prosser. His father died in 1851, and the family continued to operate the farm, which was near Rockport, on the Ohio River.

Daniel responded to the early calls for troops, enlisting in the 1st Indiana Cavalry (initially the 28th Regiment) on August 18, 1861, at nearby Evansville. The regiment was sent to Missouri, and by mid-September had their first encounter with the enemy at Ironton. After spending the winter at Pilot Knob, Missouri, the 1st Indiana Cavalry was sent to Arkansas in the spring of 1862. It remained in Helena and then in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, until August 1864, when the three year term of service of many of the men ended. Prosser writes in his diary about events at each of these locations.

Prosser, along with most of the regiment, was mustered out of service at Indianapolis on September 12, 1864. Returning to Spencer County, he married America Rea on October 9. The couple had two daughters, Maggie America, born April 20, 1867, and Lillian, born June 18, 1869.

It is probable that Daniel never met his second daughter. Perhaps drawn by circulars then being widely distributed to entice settlers to move west, at some point in early 1869, Daniel left his family behind and moved to southeastern Kansas. The newspaper from Fort Scott reported on August 25, 1869, that two letters were being held for him at the local post office. Unfortunately Prosser died on October 28, 1869, and is buried at the Girard Cemetery, in Crawford County, Kansas.


Index Terms

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

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Helena (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.), Capture of, 1863
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
Prosser, Daniel G., 1841-1868
Spencer County (Ind.)--History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Illinois Cavalry Regiment, 1st. (1861-1864).

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only. This item is FRAGILE and should be handled with white gloves.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Daniel G. Prosser Civil War diary, MSS.16.09, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute.


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