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Samuel Storrow U.S. Civil War Journals

Identifier: MS 0192
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The two Civil War journals of Samuel Storrow in this collection are unbound photocopies of the originals (which were retained by the donors). The first photocopied journal totals 38 pages copied from a small pocket notebook whose facing pages together measure 4”x 5”, with entries dating January 31 to April 22, 1863 while Storrow was serving as a corporal in the 44th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. The second journal totals 89 pages copied from a ledger whose pages measure 4¼” x 7¼”, with entries dating from September 26, 1864 to February 26, 1865, during which time Storrow was assigned to the 2nd Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, where he was promoted to 1st lieutenant. Storrow’s journal entries give detailed descriptions of troop and equipment movements, military actions and injuries, terrain, weather, and camp life.


  • Creation: 1863 - 1865


Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the Samuel Storrow U.S. Civil War Journals, MS 192, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Note

According to material included by the donors and inserted at the end of the first journal, Samuel Storrow was born in Boston on July 24, 1843, the youngest son of Charles S. and Lydia Calot (Jackson) Storrow. He entered Harvard in July 1860, later leaving to enter military service in the 44th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Infantry, where he served as a corporal from September 20, 1862 to June 18, 1863. He re-entered Harvard in September 1863, graduated July 20, 1864, was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant on September 22, 1864, and assigned to the 2nd Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, then stationed in Atlanta. Storrow was promoted to 1st lieutenant January 16, 1865 while on the staff of Brig. Gen. William Cogswell, but was killed March 16th at the Battle of Avorysboro, North Carolina.


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Two journals kept by Samuel Storrow during the U.S. Civil War, the first while Storrow served as a corporal in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 44th Regiment (September 20, 1862-June 18, 1863), and the second while serving in the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Regiment (September 1864- March 1865), during which time he was promoted to first lieutenant; in his entries Storrow describes movements of equipment and troops, camp life, weather, and military actions.


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Storrow, Houston, TX, received April 30, 1970.

Guide to the Samuel Storrow U.S. Civil War Journals, 1863-1865
Joan Ferry
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA