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Lieutenant Sylvenus Fay Civil War diary, 1864

 File — Folder: 1

Content Description

From the Collection: Sylvenus A. Fay diary recounting the daily events of camp life and fighting, his capture by Confederates during the Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina and waiting for an exchange for his freedom with hundreds of Union Officers. Lieutenant Fay was the commanding officer of Company F, 85th New York Infantry. In January 1864, the 85th Infantry was ordered to Plymouth NC, where in April, almost the entire regiment was captured.

There is significant information in the diary about how officers who were captured were often exchanged for officers in the Confederacy.


  • 1864

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 0.010 Cubic Feet (3 folders) : 2 letter size and one legal size

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Beltrone and Company by the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on 17 December 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States