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L. Warren King diaries

Identifier: C-112

Scope and Contents

Collection contains ten handwritten diaries documenting the life of L. Warren King, a Taunton, Massachusetts mill worker during the mid-19th century and the Civil War. The name of L. Warren King and Marion King Eastey are written on the front blank endpage of each diary, with the addition of Austin King in two of the diaries. The diaries were likely kept by L. Warren King, and document part of 1854, all of 1855-1864, part of 1865, and all of 1870. There is an entry for each day, giving an account of daily activities. King did not serve during the Civil War, and appears to have worked in a nail mill for its duration. He does, however, record the start of the War at Fort Sumter and several of the battles that took place. He also writes about visiting troops, and of attending the funerals of local men who died in the War.


  • Creation: 1854-1870


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

L. Warren King was a nail mill worker in Taunton, Massachusetts during the mid-19th century and Civil War.


1 Box


Collection is arranged chronologically.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States