The Library of Congress
[American Memory Banner]

Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft collection has been migrated to an improved presentation and will no longer be updated in American Memory. Please visit the new presentation.


Search by Keyword | Browse by Diary
Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865 presents three manuscript volumes, totaling 1,240 digital images, that document daily life in Washington, D. C., through the eyes of Horatio Nelson Taft (1806-1888), an examiner for the U. S. Patent Office. Now located in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, the diary details events in Washington during the Civil War years including Taft's connection with Abraham Lincoln and his family. Of special interest is Taft's description of Lincoln's assassination, based on the accounts of his friends and his son, who was one of the attending physicians at Ford's Theatre the night Lincoln was shot, on April 14, 1865. Transcriptions for all three volumes have been made by Library of Congress staff and are available online along with the digital images.
The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning.

The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.


Special Presentation

The Washington Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft


Understanding the Collection

About the Collection

Related Resources
from Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

How to View Text

How to Order Reproductions

Building the Digital Collection

Copyright and Other Restrictions

Acknowledgments


American Memory | Search All Collections | Collection Finder | Teachers
Please Read Our
Legal Notices

Feb-12-2002