Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 159
John W. Chambers (1840-1863)
Civil War Diary, 1863

Descriptive summary


Chambers, John W. (1840-1863)


Civil War Diary




0.21 linear ft. (1 half-document box)

collection number:

MS 159


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

John W. Chambers Civil War Diary, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

John W. Chambers was born 3 August 1840 in Guyandotte, Ohio; his parents were Robert B. and Rebecca Chambers. The family later moved to Burlington, Iowa.

Chambers enlisted as a private in Company E, 15th Iowa Infantry, at Burlington on 29 August 1862. The regiment was stationed in Memphis, Tennessee, and Louisiana and Mississippi, and took part in the siege of Vicksburg.

Chambers was taken sick with typhoid fever in July 1863 and remained in the regimental hospital until early August. He became ill again at the end of August and was taken to Lawson Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He died in St. Louis on 21 September 1863. He is buried in Jagger Cemetery, Danville Township, Iowa.


Collection description

The collection consists of John W. Chambers' diary for 1863. The diary contains brief entries by Chambers detailing his experiences in camp, on marches, and at battle, as well as entries made while in the regimental hospital in July-August 1863. The final entries recording Chambers' illness and death are written in a different hand.

The memoranda pages at the back of the diary include a note about his enlistment and other men who enlisted at the same time. Also at the back of the diary are notes about expenses.


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Diary, January-September