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Diary and loose items, 1870, 1876

 File — Box: Small Collections Box 59, Folder: 1
Identifier: id67399

Scope and Contents

"Lieutenant Samuel K. Thompson, formerly a Lieutenant and Brevet Major of the 54th US Infantry during the Civil War, kept this diary from 1870 while an officer of the 25th Regiment, US Infantry. In 1870, the regiment begins the year in Louisiana and then they are marched to San Antonio briefly and then Thompson’s company is marched on to Ft. Davis, Texas to control the Mexicans and the Indians in this remote outpost.

The diary, identified in ink on the inside cover, is 3” x 7” in size. Thompson writes long, very neat and detailed entries in ink There are also additional notes and cash account information written in the memorandum section at the back of the diary.

Thompson makes many mentions of other officers, enlisted men, and locations. The most important items are a signed photographs of him in his Civil War uniform, a warnings “Beware! The Ku, Klux Klan, Warning 1st” and has a drawing of a coffin with a skull and crossed bones and a knife on it. The lettering is in brown ink, and red ink is used to underline the word “Beware” and also is shown as blood dripping from the knife.


  • Creation: 1870, 1876

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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.


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