George W. Didlake Civil War diary

Abstract

The George W. Didlake diary (dated 1861-1865; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of the original diary, a typed transcript of the diary, and a photocopy of a letter written by George Didlake, which primarily document Didlake's experiences as a prisoner of war during the Civil War.

Descriptive Summary

Title
George W. Didlake Civil War diary
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Prisoners of war.
Soldiers.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Shelby Simpkins
Preferred Citation
1997ms511 : George W. Didlake Civil War diary, 1861-1865, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
George Ware Didlake, born either 1835 or 1837 and deceased 1895, was an enlisted Confederate soldier from Fayette County, Kentucky. He entered the Kentucky 8th Calvary Regiment as a 1st Sergeant in September of 1862 and was later promoted to Full Adjutant. In July 1863, Didlake was captured in Ohio and sent to the Allegheny Penitentiary in Pennsylvania where he remained until a prisoner exchange in October of 1864. After the war, Didlake became a Life and Fire Insurance Agent. He died July 1895.
Mary Lee Didlake (1874-1971) is the daughter of George W. Didlake and Nannie B. Didlake. Mary Didlake was born in Fayette County, Kentucky and died in Clark County, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
The George W. Didlake diary (dated 1861-1865; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of the original diary, a typed transcript of the diary, and a photocopy of a letter written by George Didlake, which primarily document Didlake's experiences as a prisoner of war during the Civil War. Written while in the Allegheny Penitentiary, George W. Didlake wrote about his everyday activities, the rumors of movements and battles of the Confederate army from September 1863 to October 1864, and his time spent in the South after being released from the penitentiary. Didlake mentions many Civil War figures throughout his writing including General Lee, General Morgan, Jefferson Davis, General McClellan, General Meade, General Butler, General Brooks, Colonel Coleman, Braxton Bragg, and Ambrose Burnside.
At the end of the diary, Mary Didlake records the story of John Hunt Morgan's famed escape from the Columbus Penitentiary, as told by George W. Didlake, Captain Leeland Hathaway, and his wife Carril Lee Hathaway.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

George W. Didlake Civil War diary, 1863-1865

  • Folder 1, item 1
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George W. Didlake Civil War diary transcript, undated

  • Folder 1, item 2
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George W. Didlake letter to his uncle, 1861

  • Folder 1, item 3
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