Guide to the Jacob R. Shotwell Diary, RG 265

Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: April 2004

Date Span:

0.10 cubic feet; 1 item.

Number of Boxes:
1 file folder.

Type of material:

Physical condition:
Deterioration of leather binding and foxing of paper.

Arranged chronologically.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Jacob R. Shotwell was born on January 13, 1842 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Prior to the start of the American Civil War he was a resident of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He enlisted with Company B of the 12th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment on May 15, 1861 for a term of three months. The regiment was later reorganized as the 41st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment and mustered into service for a period of three years. Private Shotwell saw action early on in the war and was at the Battle of Gettysburg. During the time period of the diary he marched and fought with the Army of the Potomac in Northern Virginia. He mustered out with the rest of the regiment and returned home on June 16, 1864. Following the war he worked as a stonemason and plasterer in Kingston and Monroe, Pennsylvania. He died on May 3, 1918.

Scope and Content:
Consists of the Civil War diary of Private Jacob R. Shotwell of Company B of the 41st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. The diary documents Private Shotwell's activities during 1864, while serving with the Army of the Potomac in Virginia and while at his residence in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Diary includes a brief description of the Battle of Spottsylvania.

Keyword descriptors:
Shotwell, Jacob R.
12th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment
41st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment
Spottsylvania, Virginia

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