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Samuel K. Thompson Diary

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dc.contributor.author Thompson, Samuel K., 1846-1880
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-07T13:50:36Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-07T13:50:36Z
dc.date.issued 1870, 1876
dc.identifier.citation Samuel K. Thompson Diary, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10288/25668
dc.language eng
dc.subject.lcsh African American soldiers--West (U.S.)--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh African American soldiers--United States--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh Ku Klux Klan (19th century)--History
dc.subject.lcsh Soldiers--United States--19th century--Correspondence
dc.subject.lcsh Soldiers--United States--19th century--Diaries
dc.subject.lcsh United States. Army--African American troops--History--19th century
dc.subject.lcsh United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 25th--History--19th century--Personal narratives
dc.subject.lcsh United States. Army--Military life--History--19th century--Personal narratives.
dc.title Samuel K. Thompson Diary
dc.type.genre Black and white photographs
dc.type.genre Diaries
dc.type.genre Obituaries
dc.type.genre Photographs
dc.identifier.collectionId SC 00945
dcterms.description Diary, 1870 of Samuel K. Thompson, 2nd Lieutenant of the 25th Regiment of the U.S. Infantry, which was one of the all African-American regiments founded in 1866, that are also referred to as "Buffalo Soldiers." Thompson was a white commanding officer of the regiment. The diary starts out in early 1870 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where the regiment had its headquarters. Thompson then describes marching to Ft. Davis, Texas. His entries are regular and often detailed and give a good impression of day-to-day occurrences. The entries continue past December 31st until the 7th of January 1871. An entry inside the front cover gives directions on where to send the diary in case of his death, with special instructions in case it should be found by a Mason like himself. The back of the diary has a few personal accounts and several pages of detailed listings of letters written and received. Included in the back pocket of the diary are several loose items: an undated photograph of Thompson in uniform (dedicated to his sister Lizzie, who died in 1866) taken by T.W. Bankes in Helena, Arkansas, several notes and receipts, an obituary for a Colonel of his regiment, a General Service Code Card, and a short letter written to Thompson by his wife Alice in 1876. Also contains a threatening note from the Ku Klux Klan; "Beware! the Ku Klux Klan. Warning 1st." with a drawing of a skull and crossbones, knife and coffin.
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dcterms.type Text
dcterms.type Still image

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