Guide to the David W. Hill Diaries, 1858-1863
Collection number: MC 157
Size: 1 box
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,
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.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], David W. Hill Diaries, 1858-1863, MC 157, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Purchased, Feb. 1997
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.
|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|