Agency History / Biographical Note:
Edwin Emery married Louise Farnham on October 27, 1864. He died on September 28, 1895, survived by his wife and three sons, William M. (Bowdoin Class of 1889), Clarence P. and Edwin P.
Scope and Content:
The diaries provide brief details of life with the 17th Maine Regiment during Civil War campaigns, including troop movements, battles, injuries, driving an ambulance, promotions, religious life, gambling, a victory parade, meeting General Grant, and hearing of President Lincoln's assassination; the transcribed pages from the missing diary concern Emery's wounding during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Edwin Emery's memoir describes the Battle of the Wilderness, and the account by William M. Emery expands on, and clarifies, his father's memoir, particulary with regard to a letter by Captain George W. Verrill concerning the retreat of the 17th Maine at the Battle of the Wilderness.
Digital versions of the diaries, accounts, and memoir are available online and are linked in the container list.
Cite as: Edwin Emery Diaries and Memoirs, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine
Access Restrictions: None.