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Adam H. Whetstone diary

Identifier: W-0080

Scope and Contents

Adam H. Whetstone, a member of the Fifty-third Alabama Regiment, wrote the entries in his diary between July 24, 1864, and his parole and return home on May 17, 1865. He described the regiment's movements through Georgia and South Carolina. With the exception of a narrow escape and a skirmish near Atlanta on November 9, 1864, there are few mentions of interaction with Union forces. Instead, many of Whetstone's diary entries describe the social excursions that he participated in with other soldiers. While Whetstone recorded little direct military action within his own regiment, he did discuss war-related news. Notable entries include Whetstone's reactions to the evacuation of Richmond and General Lee's surrender.

The diary ends with a final update written on December 25, 1865, in which Whetstone reported the death of his only son. "Since the 17th of May I have wrote nothing, but have seen more trouble than in all my life before," Whetstone wrote.


  • 1864 - 1865


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Biographical / Historical

Adam H. Whetstone was born on December 2, 1824, in Autauga County, Alabama. On June 10, 1842, he married Mary L. Huie and had three children. After her death, he married Mary L. Hine (1825-1895) and had three more children. During the Civil War, Whetstone served as a corporal in the Fifty-third Regiment of Alabama Partisan Rangers. Whetstone died on October 20, 1905.


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Contains the diary of Confederate soldier Adam H. Whetstone of Prattville, Alabama

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection and the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library have other Civil War-era diaries. Please see staff for assistance.


Title on Spine: Confederate Diary of A. H. Whetstone

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Haley Aaron, 2013



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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266