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Hiram Fain Diary Transcript

 Collection — Box: H (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-0463

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.


  • 1994


Conditions Governing Access

The diary is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Transcript copyrighted 1994 by John N. Fain.


0.10 linear feet

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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.

Related Materials

Excerpts from the diary were published in The Journal of East Tennessee History, volume 69, 1997.

Processing Information

The diary was processed by Norma Myers, and opened for research in December 1996.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA