Hiram Fain Diary Transcript
Collection — Box: H (Small Collections)
Scope and Contents
The transcript of the diary of Hiram Fain of Rogersville: an East Tennessee secessionist contains Fain's observations between October 21, 1850 and February 28, 1870. In the diary, Hiram Fain relates his day-to-day activities including planting and harvesting at Spring Vale Farm, legal activities such as preparing wills, working at the bank, and caring for livestock. He also describes weather conditions, astronomical events, an earthquake in 1861, the sale of slaves, the illness and death of family and friends, and local events and news. In his daily accounts during the war, Fain notes the news received from battles and federal activity in East Tennessee, providing insight into the difficulties experienced by Confederate sympathizers in East Tennessee following the war. The diary was transcribed in 1994 by John N. Fain.
- Fain, Hiram (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The diary is open for research.
0.10 linear feet
Method of Acquisition
The transcript of the Hiram Fain diary was donated to the Archives of Appalachia by John N. Fain on January 6, 1995, accession number 1995-004.
Existence and Location of Originals
The original of the diary is held by the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The diary was processed by Norma Myers, and opened for research in December 1996.
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