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Aaron Pugh diary

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P926


Aaron Pugh was a soldier in M Company of the 8th Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry. This collection contains his diary for the years of 1863-1864, with reflection upon his enlistment and subsequent training in the U.S. Army.


  • July 1863 - April 28, 1864


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No restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Aaron Pugh

Aaron Pugh was born in Carroll County, Ohio January 21, 1833 to Aaron Pugh and Mary Greer. He enlisted July 4, 1863 at the age of 34 as a fourth Corporal. He was taken prisoner July 30, 1864 at Newnan, Georgia. He died while in Andersonville Prison, October 4, 1864. He is buried at the National Cemetery in Andersonville, Georgia in grave 10297.

History of 8th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry

Aaron Pugh was part of the 8th Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry. The regiment was organized at Davenport, Iowa September 30, 1863. The group was attached to Defenses of Nashville and Northwestern Railroad Department of Cumberland until March, 1864. The regiment moved on to Georgia and took part in the Atlanta Campaign, May to September, 1864.

Action included Battles of Resaca, and Dallas, New Hope Church, and Altoona Hills. Pugh was taken prisoner July 30, 1864 during McCook's Raid on Atlanta and West Point Railroad at Clear Creek near Newnan, and he was sent to Andersonville Prison.


1 folder

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Physical Location

RH MS P926

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Charles Apfelbaum, 2002.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of other Civil War era collections, photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Aaron Pugh collection
Aaron Pugh diary
Finding aid prepared by eml, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Aaron Pugh Collection, RH MS P926, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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