Inventory

Daniel S. Schenck Diary
Dates: October 4, 1862 - October 16, 1863
Accession Number: 900424L
Donor: Vigo County Historical Society
Description: One file folder in a flat storage box


Content and Scope of Collection

Born in Mt. Healthy, Ohio, on May 11, 1834, Dan Schenck served as Commissary Sergeant for the 79th Regiment Illinois Volunteers during the Civil War. This collection contains one leather-bound notebook which appears to be a handwritten copy of diaries kept by Schenck during part of his military service. It is divided into two sections: "First Book" covers the period from October 4, 1862 to January 10, 1863; "Second Book" covers the period from February 13, 1863 to October 16, 1863.

The book contains a very detailed account of the activities of the 79th Illinois Infantry as well as personal observations which give an invaluable look into the life of a soldier during the Civil War. After the war, Schenck was a dry goods merchant in Paris, Illinois. He died June 20, 1902.

        ** A transcript of the Schenck diary is included in the inventory folder with the collection.