William R. McMahan Collection
Scope and Contents
This .21 linear feet collection contains one handwritten diary from the Civil War, a typescript of the diary, and a book from 1895.
- 1861-1865; 1895
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
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William R. McMahan was born in 1843 in Indiana. At the age if eighteen, he enlisted as a private for service in the Union Army with the Fifty-eighth Volunteer Infantry on September 10, 1861. His diary relates military life, and various Civil War campaigns: Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, and Atlanta. At war’s end he was discharged having obtained the rank of First Lieutenant. After returning from the army he studied medicine and in 1868 he graduated from Rush Medical College of Chicago. He was faculty member of Evansville Medical College from 1882-1884.
Listed in the back of the diary is a list of monies borrowed and/or loaned, a list of wounded soldiers. Included in the typescript are notes from John J. Hight’s diary [original not available],
The collection was donated by his grandson, A. B. Nickey.
.21 Linear Feet (1 Half Hollinger box)
This small collection contains one handwritten diary from the Civil War, a typescript of the diary, and a book from 1895.
Special Collections & Archives
- Finding Aid for the William R. McMahan Collection
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States