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Burum Diary Collection

Identifier: SM 83-06

Content Description

Absalom Joshua Burum, a native of Tennessee, joined the Thomas Legion in 1862 as first sergeant, and fought beside Col. William Stringfield's contingent of the Legion for two and a half years. Of the 2,500 men who served in Legion, Burum was to stay with it almost to the last. Although his diary contains mostly weather reports, it also tracks the Legion's movements for 1864. In addition to the diary, the collection contains a typed transcript of the diary, a letter from Burum to his fiance, a page of family genealogy, and a thesis entitled "The Civil War Diary of Absalom Joshua Burum" written by Judy H. Leas (daughter-in-law of Mrs. Ernestine Burum Leas).


  • 1864 - 1865

Condition Description

Diary - fair.

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2 Files

Condition Description

Diary - fair.

Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States