The Ward M. Canaday Center

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The University of Toledo

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Cyrus Hussey Diaries, 1862-1864


Size: 4 items

Provenance: This volume was donated to The Ward M. Canaday of the University of Toledo Libraries in 1970 by Donald D. Duhaime.

Access: open

Collection Summary: Three diaries with daily entries document the period in which Hussey's regiment was stationed primarily in Tennessee, Mississippi, and at the siege of Vicksburg during the American Civil War. Typed transcription of the diaries is included with the collection.

Subjects:  War, Soldiers, and Veterans

Related Collections:Donald D. Duhaime 19th and 20th Century Photograph Collection, 1860s-1940s, Mss-152, Donald D. Duhaime Collection, Mss-077, Alice E. Huebner Collection, Mss-133, Weber Family Papers, Mss-126

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns. Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code. The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Paul M. Gifford, April 1986; last updated: June 2014



This collection consists of three diaries kept by an officer in the 48th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry between July 11, 1862, and December 3, 1864. There is a typed transcription of the diaries in addition to the original volumes.

Biographical Timeline


Born Highland County, Ohio, son of Stephen and Katherine (Williams) Hussey




Married Rebecca Hodson at Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio



1861, Sept. 9

Enlisted at New Lexington, Highland County, Ohio; assigned to Company A, 48th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Hussey was a schoolteacher at the time.



1861, Sept. 18

Promoted to 1st Sergeant



1862, Jan. 23

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant



1862, Sept. 6

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant



1863, Feb. 14

Promoted to Captain



1865, Jan. 17

Mustered out at Columbus, Ohio



1865, Mar. 10

Joined 192nd Regiment, Field and Staff, with rank of Lieutenant Colonel



1865, Sept. 1

Mustered out at Winchester, Virginia




Attached to the Adjutant Generals office in Columbus; bookkeeper for Brooks and Hayden, wholesale grocers




Moved to Toledo; bookkeeper for Osborn, Chase and Swayne




Married Frances Whittlesey, by whom he had two sons, James and Arthur




Secretary and Treasurer, Toledo Moulding Company




Fire insurance agent, Whittlesey and Hussey




Died, killed in automobile accident


Scope and Content Note

During the period covered by his diaries, Cyrus Hussey's regiment was stationed primarily in Tennessee and Mississippi.  It faced action in a number of skirmishes in Mississippi, but its most severe encounter with the enemy was at the siege of Vicksburg.  Hussey faithfully and with few exceptions made daily entries.  These record activities of his troops, with occasional mention of his personal activities.

Hussey's narrative style is concise and direct.  He concentrates on actions, rather than thoughts.  While he routinely comments on the state of his health, on the weather, and on his letter writing, the bulk of his writing concerns the actions of others.  Perhaps his most useful comments are those which provide his opinions of others.

His spelling is good and his handwriting legible.  In addition to the daily entries, each volume contains his daily financial accounts.  The physical condition of the volumes is good.

The user of the Hussey diaries would be well advised to consult the Canaday Center research file on Hussey, which contains further information regarding his military service and family.


Container List

   July 11, 1862-June 1, 1863
   June 1, 1863-January 5, 1864
   January 1, 1864-December 3, 1864
Typescript version of diaries


Collection is located in R-4


Last Updated: 7/1/19