We're pleased to announce a portion of the Levi C. Worster diaries and papers is now available on ExploreUK.
The collection (dated 1863-1913, bulk 1863-1865;
0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) primarily comprise three diaries that provide
an eyewitness account of life as a Union cavalry soldier during the
Civil War, 1863-1865. Diary entries describe scouting parties,
skirmishes, and marches through Kentucky and Tennessee. They also
include vivid accounts of combat at Chickamauga and Stone River
(Murfreesboro), harsh weather, and details of wounded and ill soldiers.
When not in combat, his duties as a corporal included picket and
scouting assignments, as well as building and protecting camps. Some
diagrams of the works and fortifications are included. Other
descriptions of ordinary military life include food and drinking, visits
to hospital, life in camp, and Worster's ailments. In addition, Worster
recorded a running tally of his correspondence at the end of the 1863
diary. The collection also includes his discharge papers, July 10, 1865;
a pension certificate, June 24, 1913; a copy of Mumford & Co.'s The
Historical Map (Cincinnati, Oh.); and advertisements for soldier's
pensions and patent solicitors, undated. The third diary (entries are
written in a Planters & Merchants Insurance Co. leather covered
notebook) includes military, patriotic, and love song lyrics transcribed
by Worster, 1865-1866; an 1878 insurance certificate; and additional
handwritten notes in pencil, apparently by a child, dated 1881-1913.