Alexander McDonald Civil War diaries, 1862-1865

McDonald, Alexander, 1843-1929

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 0.1 c.f. (1 folder) and
    • 3 photographs


  • Diaries of Alexander McDonald of Koshkonong (Wis.) written while serving with the 33rd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Company E. The diaries span McDonald's entire service from his mustering in on October 18, 1862 to his discharge on August 9, 1865. In the diaries McDonald describes where his regiment encamped, marches between camps, and battles in which they were engaged including the surrender of Vicksburg, the capture of Fort DeRussy, the attack on and evacuation of the Spanish Fort in Louisiana, the capture of Fort Blakely, the evacuation of Mobile, and the eventual surrender of the Confederate Army by General Lee. McDonald also includes lists of those killed, who died from other causes, and who deserted as well as lists of tent mates, clothing purchased, the number of miles marched, and his finances. A pocket edition of the New Testament (1862) which McDonald carried with him during the war is included with the diaries as are three photographs depicting McDonald with his daughters and with his wife.


  • Presented by Kent McDonald, Cross Plains, Wis., 2006.