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Robert A. Boyd notebook and diary

Identifier: MS-0092
This collection consists of a one volume notebook (approximately 45 pages) that contains personal notes (December 1864 to April 1865) and brief diary entries (January 1; April 3 to 13, 1865).The diary portion covers activities of the 1st Engineers Regiment during the last few days of the Civil War. The diary also mentions the surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, and includes a pencil sketch of surrender site. Notes concern supplies, furloughs, desertions, guard rosters, and maxims and quotations from books.


  • 1864-1865


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Open to researchers. There are no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections in the VMI Archives are made available for educational and research use. The VMI Archives should be cited as the source. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright holders. Materials from our collections may not be redistributed, published or reproduced without permission from the VMI Archives. Contact the VMI Archives for additional information.


1 items ; 6 inches x 3.5 inches

Biographical / Historical

Robert Alexander Boyd was born in 1842 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. He graduated from VMI in 1863. He served as a 1st Sergeant, Company D, 1st Regiment, Confederate States Engineers. After the War, he was a farmer. Boyd died in 1909 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks


The original notebook is in poor condition; some pages are partially illegible.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450