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Levi C. Worster diaries and papers, Bulk, 1863-1865

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Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff; Ruth E. Bryan


Levi C. Worster diaries and papers


Bulk, 1863-1865


University of Kentucky Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

87M18 : [identification of item], Levi C. Worster Diaries and Papers, 1863-1913, bulk 1863-1865, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.45 Cubic feet

1 slim box


The Levi C. Worster diaries and papers (.45 cubic feet, 1 box; dated 1863-1913) primarily comprise three diaries that provide an eyewitness account of life as a Union cavalry soldier during the Civil War, 1863-1865.


Union soldier. Levi Worster was born on March 21, 1841, in Grant County, Kentucky. He volunteered for service, Company G, 7th Regiment of the Kentucky Cavalry and served from July 10, 1862-July 10th, 1865. His duties as a corporal included picket, scouting, building and protecting camps, and fighting rebel soldiers. He was 21 when he received his discharge papers on July 10, 1865.

Scope and Content

The Levi C. Worster diaries and papers (dated 1863-1913, bulk 1863-1865; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily comprise three diaries that provide an eyewitness account of life as a Union cavalry soldier during the Civil War, 1863-1865. Diary entries describe scouting parties, skirmishes, and marches through Kentucky and Tennessee. They also include vivid accounts of combat at Chickamauga and Stone River (Murfreesboro), harsh weather, and details of wounded and ill soldiers. When not in combat, his duties as a corporal included picket and scouting assignments, as well as building and protecting camps. Some diagrams of the works and fortifications are included. Other descriptions of ordinary military life include food and drinking, visits to hospital, life in camp, and Worster's ailments. In addition, Worster recorded a running tally of his correspondence at the end of the 1863 diary. The collection also includes his discharge papers, July 10, 1865; a pension certificate, June 24, 1913; a copy of Mumford & Co.'s The Historical Map (Cincinnati, Oh.); and advertisements for soldier's pensions and patent solicitors, undated. The third diary (entries are written in a Planters & Merchants Insurance Co. leather covered notebook) includes military, patriotic, and love song lyrics transcribed by Worster, 1865-1866; an 1878 insurance certificate; and additional handwritten notes in pencil, apparently by a child, dated 1881-1913.


  • United States. Army. Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865). Company G.
  • Diaries--19th Century.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Cavalry operations.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
  • Worster, Levi C., b.1841
  • Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
  • Soldiers--Kentucky.
  • Stones River, Battle of, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1862-1863.

User Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Perpetual diary, 1863
[Box: 1, Folder: 1] browse
Pocket diary, 1864
[Box: 1, Folder: 2] browse
Planters & Merchants Insurance Co. diary and song lyric book, 1865-1913
[Box: 1, Folder: 3] browse
Discharge papers, 1865 July 10
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
United States Department of the Interior pension certificate, 1913 June 24
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
The Historical War Map (Mumford & Co., Cincinnati) blue cover, [1862]
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
The Historical War Map (Mumford & Co., Cincinnati), [1862]
[Case: 4, Drawer: 7] browse
Washington, D.C., advertisements for J.H. Sypherd & Co. (soldier's agency); R.S. and A.P. Lacey (patent solicitors); and the Scientific Record subscriptions, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Diary photocopies
[Box: 1, Folder: 8-10]
Discharge papers
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
The Historical War Map
[Box: 1, Folder: 12]