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Albert Drake Civil War Diaries, 1863-1864

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2015-031

Content Description

The collection consists of two diaries and additional research material on Lucius Albert Drake who serviced in the Union Army during the Civil War and later settled in Spink County. Private Drake served in Company A, 95th Illinois Infantry during General Ulysses S. Grant’s campaign to gain control of the Mississippi which was eventually achieved on July 4, 1863 when the Union Army marched into Vicksburg (MS). The 1863 diary details the events of that campaign. The diary of 1864 offers more day to day activities such as performing drills, getting mail and completing paperwork. This would have been during Drake’s service with the 58th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment. Lucius Albert Drake was born in Athens County, Ohio November 9, 1843. The son of Jonathan and Lydia (Morse) Drake the family later moved to Boone County, Illinois. On August 5, 1862, he enlisted with the 95th Illinois Regiment of Volunteers (1862-1863). On November 25, 1863, he was discharged from the 95th to serve as a sergeant with the 6th Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers, African Decent, later renamed the 58th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment (1863-1866). In January 1865, he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant with the same regiment and was discharged from service in 1866. On September 13, 1866 he was united in marriage to Lydia Lovina Haskins. A pioneer settler of Spink County, he and his wife took land in section five of Capitola Township in April of 1883 where he became a successful farmer. They had two children, Edna and Bion. Drake served as Register of Deeds for the Spink County, was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was known as a prohibitionist and equal suffragist. He died on March 8, 1913 and is buried at the Doland (S.D.) cemetery. A copied, enlarged and spiral bound version of the 1863 diary is also included with the collection as well as additional research materials in box 6484B. The diaries were placed in flat box 270.

Acquisition Type


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  • 1863-1864



0.1 Cubic Feet