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Guide to the John Milton Bancroft Civil War Diary & Scrapbook, RG 095

Listed by: Paul Martin and Alfreida Brummitt
Date: August 23, 2000

Date Span: May 10, 1861 to June 30, 1864

Biographical Sketch: Bancroft was a member of the "Old" 4th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War.

Scope / Content: Scrapbook/Diary. This is the original diary book of his handwritten comments, and which he later turned into a scrapbook by adding various items. These included photos, clippings, drawings, cards, illustrations taken from various sources, etc. Some of his drawings relate to Professor Lowe's balloons. Since Bancroft was a well-educated man his diary/scrapbook is a valuable historical source, and notable for its variety of information. His unit was also involved in a large number of battles and campaigns. Collection also includes a typescript of the diary.


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