E. John Ellis diary, 1865 February-March (vol. 1)

 Click here to view the item
Creator:Ellis, Ezekiel John, 1840-1889
Title:E. John Ellis diary, 1865 February-March (vol. 1)

Volume one of Ezekiel John Ellis' diary (February-March 1865) begins with a retrospective account by Ellis of the events leading up to the Civil War and his service in the war before his capture and imprisonment at Johnson Island in 1863. This portion of the volume is entitled A Retrospect (p. 1-72), wherein he describes his political views; the development of Confederate military forces; his military service; battles in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee; and his capture at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Ellis wrote the account while imprisoned at Johnson Island Prison in Ohio. It serves as an introduction to his prison diary, which begins February 1, 1865. In the diary, Ellis documents his daily observations and experiences as a prisoner of war. During his imprisonment, he read a great deal, and his entries exhibit an extensive knowledge of history and an appreciation of poetry. Additionally, his personal thoughts reflect his grief and distress over the war. Pages 118-132 contain poems by and autographs of other prisoners. Page 131 also contains a list of men killed and where. Includes transcript of diary entries (C:97, box 1, folder 1).

Subjects:Ellis, Ezekiel John, 1840-1889 | Johnson Island Prison | Prisoners of war--Ohio | Missionary Ridge, Battle of, Tenn., 1863--Personal narratives, Confederate | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Causes | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons | military, prisoner of war | writing, literature, and reading | justification for war | politics and elections | slavery | slaves | race relations and racial attitudes
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
Original Material:

E. John Ellis Diary, Mss. 2795


Rights and Usage:


Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright has expired and the item is therefore in the public domain. Permission to reproduce this image must be requested through the Special Collections Division, Louisiana State University Libraries.

E. John Ellis Diary, Mss. 2795, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Related Materials:


Persistent Link to Item:http://louisdl.louislibraries.org/u?/p15140coll10,3345