Guide to the Thomas L. Livermore Diary
Collection number: MC 267
Size: 2 boxes
About Thomas Leonard Livermore
Thomas Leonard Livermore (1844-1918) was
born in Galena, Illinois and grew up in Milford, New Hampshire. Prior to the Civil
War, Livermore was a student at Lombard University in Galesburg, Illinois. Once the
war commenced, in April 1861, Livermore joined the 1st New Hampshire Volunteers
Regiment, a three-month regiment. After he was mustered out in August 1861, he
joined the 5th New Hampshire, in which he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and
later Captain. Livermore was wounded at the Battle of Malvern Hill in July 1862 and
was present when Colonel Edward Cross was mortally wounded at Gettysburg a year
later. Livermore later transferred to command the 18th New Hampshire at the rank of
Colonel. After the war, he returned to New Hampshire where he studied law and became
a member of the New Hampshire bar. Livermore wrote a diary, “Days and Events,” based
on his own experience as a soldier in volunteer regiments in the Union army. His
narrative provides an insight into the cultural, social, and military circumstances
of the Civil War. “Days and Events” covers the period from the beginning of the
Civil War in 1860 until 1867, about the time began to write. He was a 22 year-old
veteran when he began writing.
About the Thomas L. Livermore Diary
The collection consists of Thomas Livermore’s handwritten
493 page manuscript draft of what was later published as Days and Events, 1860-1866.
It is contained in two 8.5” x 13” quarter-bound volumes. Livermore wrote this diary
between 1867 and 1872. It is accompanied by Walter Holden’s 615 page transcription
of the manuscript, with notes. Days and Events was first published, with many
revisions, in 1920, two years after Livermore’s death. Livermore resisted having his
diary published during his lifetime to avoid embarrassing or rebuking those who were
still alive. Although his children wrote in the foreword that “this book is offered
to the public, without alteration, and substantially without omission,” it is clear
that the published volume does vary from Livermore’s original manuscript. For
example, the editor of the 1920 edition only provides the initial of a colonel who
Livermore describes as “a dark little man, as erect as a drill sergeant, terribly
profane, a Mexican soldier, and a splendid one when sober, which was perhaps half
the time.” Holden’s typewritten transcription does not omit anything from
Livermore’s original manuscript with the exception of the introductory “Author’s
Note,” which is present in the 1920 edition. Holden does provide detailed endnotes
for each chapter, which include biographical information about many of the
individuals mentioned in the diary, as well as historical information about various
events or regiments. Some notes correct inaccuracies, such as dates and the names of
regiments, which appear in Livermore’s original.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
Thomas L. Livermore Diary, MC 267, Milne Special Collections and
Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Donated: James Loder, September 2012 (Accession # 2012.29)
Published version: Days and Events 1860-1866 by Thomas L. Livermore.
Visit the Online version at https://archive.org/details/daysevents18601800live
|Box 1, Folder 1||Bound manuscript diary, volume 1|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Bound manuscript diary, volume 2|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 1-4|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 5-8|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 9-11|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 12-15|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 16-19|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 20-23|
|Box 1, Folder 9||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 24-27|
|Box 2, Folder 1||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 28-30|
|Box 2, Folder 2||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 31-32|
|Box 2, Folder 3||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 33-35|
|Box 2, Folder 4||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapters 36-38|
|Box 2, Folder 5||Walter Holden’s transcription, chapter 39|
|Box 2, Folder 6||Walter Holden’s transcription, notes|