Guide to the Edwin Farley Diary, RG 156
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: October 2003
0.25 cubic feet; 1 item.
Number of Boxes:
1 1/2 document box.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Edwin Farley was born in Walworth County, in the territory of Wisconsin, on August 28, 1842. He received his early education in country schools and attended a male academy for one year. He worked on the family farm near Springfield, Wisconsin until he enlisted in the Union Army on August 26, 1861 and was mustered into Company K of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment on September 13, 1861 at Camp Randall, Madison, Wisconsin. For the next four years and five months, Farley served in the Union Army. He was taken prisoner at Iuka, Mississippi in September of 1862. He was discharged from the 8th Wisconsin on December 15, 1863 to accept a promotion to sergeant in the 3rd United States Colored Cavalry. He was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Following the war, he engaged in cotton planting in Coahoma County, Mississippi. In 1868 he relocated to Paducah, Kentucky where he began a manufacturing business. Farley became Deputy U. S. Marshal in 1875 and was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Second District of Kentucky in 1883. He was appointed Postmaster at Paducah in 1892 and was elected State Treasurer of Kentucky in 1907. In 1914 he became the Department Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic for the State of Kentucky. His location and date of death is unknown.
Scope and Content:
Consists of the diary written by Corporal Edwin Farley of Company K of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment from August 26, 1861 to June 27, 1862. Diary includes descriptions and daily activities of a Union infantry soldier during the first year of the war. Diary mentions the search for General Jeff Thompson's troops in Missouri, the advance and siege of Corinth, Mississippi and the battle at Farmington, Mississippi. The diary was transcribed and published in 1962 under the title Soldier Life: The Diary of a Civil War Soldier.
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