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This collection contains a typescript of the diary written by Evans Atwood during the Civil War.

Biographical/Historical Note

Evans Atwood was born November 10, 1836, in Vermillion County, Illinois, to Simeon and Eliza Atwood. He and his family moved to Washington County, Arkansas, in 1850, after living in Texas for several years. During the Civil War, Atwood enlisted November 1, 1861, as a private in Company G, 15th Northwest Arkansas, McRae's Regiment, Confederate States Army. He was elected Junior 2nd Lieutenant on July 26, 1862. He was captured at the Battle of Bayou Pierre, Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 1, 1863. After a short stay at Alton, Illinois, he was sent to Sandusky, Ohio, June 18, 1863. From Sandusky, Atwood was transferred to Point Lookout, Maryland, February 9, 1864, then transferred to Fort Delaware on June 25, 1864. He was paroled and sent to City Point, Virginia, for exchange on February 27, 1865. He appears in Way Hospital records on March 21, 1865, in Meridian, Mississippi. Atwood studied medicine under a preceptor for two years and took medical courses at Louisville Medical College in 1873-1874. He returned to Arkansas and practiced medicine for several years. He married Mary Jane Atwood, born February 25, 1850. Atwood received a pension beginning in 1907 due to rheumatism in his knee. He suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed in 1913. He died March 12, 1920.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Evans Atwood diary, SMC.004.005


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Evans Atwood diary, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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