9:56 AM, July 19, 2013

The family of Nancy Eckert Galbreath has donated the Thomas Thompson Eckert diary which is now housed in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Auburn University Libraries.

The diary covers January 2 through December 1865.  Eckert was the general superintendent of the military telegraph at the War Department and was a confidant of President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.  Eckert was at the bedside of Lincoln when the President died on April 15, 1865 and this tragic event is recorded in the diary.

In addition to the Thomas Thompson Eckert diary, the Eckert family has also donated Eckert's commission as Assistant Quartermaster of Volunteers signed by President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton in 1862; Eckert's commission as colonel signed by President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of War Stanton in 1866; and Eckert's commission as brigadier general signed by President Johnson and Secretary of War Stanton in 1866.

The diary is also available online via the Auburn University Libraries digital collections, specifically the Civil War Diaries  and Letters Collection .  For access, click on the Digital Collections link located bottom center of the Auburn University Libraries homepage under the "Quick Links" heading.  Next, click on the "Browse Collections" link located in the upper right side of the screen and then scroll down to the Civil War Diaries and Letters Collection .

The Special Collections and Archives Department is located on the Ground Floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

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