This is the diary kept by Edward Snow Foster, a private in the 117th New York State Infantry Regiment (Fourth Oneida Regiment) during the American Civil War. The original 4 volumes are held by the Archives of Hamilton College.
Edward Snow Foster was born in 1842, son of Charles and Rhoda Foster of Verona, New York. He was a member of the Hamilton College class of 1861 when the Civil War broke out. On August 5, 1862, at the age of 19, he volunteered to join the U.S. Army at Verona, New York, and became a member of the 117th New York State Infantry Regiment, Company A.
He kept a diary that spanned over four small volumes and includes entries written at: Camp Morris, Maryland, Fort Franklin, Maryland, Camp Huntington, Fort Baker, D.C., a camp at Calhouns Point, Virginia, Yorktown and a camp at Julians Creek, Virginia.
Pvt Foster died of a fever at the Regimental Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, on July 22, 1963 at the age of 20.
View his Enlistment Form.
Vol. 1: Aug. 10, 1862 - Dec. 28, 1862
(Verona, N.Y. - Fort Baker, D.C)
Vol. 2: Jan. 12, 1863 - June 13, 1863
(Fort Baker, D.C. - Julians Creek, Va.)
Vol. 3: June 14, 1863 - July 1, 1863
(Julians Creek, Va. - near White House, Va.)
[Please feel free to use the above links to view this diary, but our work on the page layout is still not finished. We will also be adding images of the original pages when digitization is complete.]