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James Husted Diary

An inventory of his diary at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Dec 1996

Biographical History

James Husted (fl. 1861) was an American soldier who fought for Union forces during the American Civil War. He was posted to Fort Runyon in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning May 10 to November 11, 1861, the Civil War diary of James A. Husted documents the movements of Company B, 21st Regiment, New York State Volunteers. Husted eloquently describes his departure from Buffalo:

...marched up Batavia St. and down W. Genesee to Niagara Square where we were joined by 14th Reg't. Continentals commanded by ex-President Fillmore...and a large crowd of citizens formed in line headed by Union Cornet Band. Marched down Main St. to Church where a Flag was raised on first Church. Speaking by Rev. Dr. Thompson & others, singing by Glee Club. Street and buildings crowded with citizens, stores trimmed with Streamers of Red, White & Blue and Flags, marched to Depot followed by the immense concorse (sic). Great time amongst the boys bidding their Friends goodbye which are repeated over and over again. At 5 the bell rings. The last farewell is said and last kiss given and the Train moves slowly off leaving many a Sad Heart and moistened eye.


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Subject Headings


Husted, James -- Diaries.

Corporate Bodies

United States, Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.


Soldiers -- Diaries.
Soldiers -- United States.


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
United States -- History, Military -- To 1900 -- Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

James Husted Diary
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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