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Guide to the David W. Hill Papers

Collection number: MC 157

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About David W. Hill

David W. Hill was born in Swanzey, N. H. on April 4, 1838, the son of David Hill, a veteran of the War of 1812, and Keziah Franklin Hill. He worked as a farmer and laborer prior to late 1859, when he went to Cambridge, Massachusetts and worked as a brass finisher with the J. J. Walworth Manufacturing Company for a few months. He returned to Swanzey, dividing his time between working at a local pail manufactory and as a farm laborer. In 1862, he married Harriet Lane; a son, George, was born on January 22 1863. Hill enlisted in the 16th N.H. Regiment on September 6, 1862, serving in Louisiana. On April 20, 1863 he was aboard the gunboat Clifton when it did battle with the Confederate gunboat Mary T. Hill was discharged at Concord, N.H. on August 20, 1863. In subsequent years, he became a machinist for manufacturing concerns in Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City, Newport, R.I., and Haydenville, Mass.

About the David W. Hill Papers

David W. Hill’s diary entries run from January 1858 until January 1863 and primarily reflect Hill’s day-to-day activities as a farmer and laborer, and follow his move to Cambridge, but they include little detail on his work at the Walworth Manufacturing Company. They subsequently document his Civil War experiences and include accounts of pay received and expenditures, references to singing lessons and parties, and some ribald verse. Biographical information and loose ephemera are appended.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David W. Hill Diaries, 1858-1863, MC 157, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased, Feb. 1997

Related Material

Haynes, Martin A. A History of the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion. Lakeport, N.H.: n.p., 1896.

Townsend, Luther Tracy A History of the Sixteenth Regiment, New Hampshire. Washington, DC: Norman T. Elliott, 1897.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Two Diaries 1858 and 1859
Box 1, Folder 2 Two Diaries 1860 and 1861
Box 1, Folder 3 Diary 1862 (January 1, 1862 through January 29, 1863)
Box 1, Folder 4 A handbill for dancing lessons, dated October 12, 1863; a receipt for initiation into the “Old Oaken Bucket Div. No. 102, S. of T.,” Brighton, June 2, 1869; and a calling card, undated
Box 1, Folder 5 Photocopies of biographical information, undated