David W. Stratton Diary
Dates: 1861-1880
Accession Number: 900424-I
Donor: Vigo County Historical Society
Description: One envelope (original diary) and one folder (transcript) in a flat storage box

Content and Scope of Collection

This Civil War diary chronicles the activities of Company D, 31st Regiment Indiana Volunteers, between August 6, 1861 and January 6, 1863. A muster roll of the company is included. The rest of the book contains miscellaneous personal notes and financial accounts primarily during the 1870s. The last pages include entries about family history.

The diary appears to be the property of David W. Stratton, although the name J.P. Stratton also appears on the first inside page. Apparently David W. and Joseph P. Stratton were brothers born in Sullivan County, Indiana, and the sons of Robert S. and Mary Daugherty (Baker) Stratton. Both were mustered into the Union Army on September 20, 1861 and served in the 31st Regiment, Company D. For additional background information, see inventory folder and the Stratton genealogy file in Special Collections.

The collection also contains a transcript of the Civil War segment of the diary in Folder 1. For a history of the 31st Regiment Indiana Volunteers, see SpC 973.74S.