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John C. Norton papers

 Collection — Box: 63
Identifier: MS-SC1112

Scope and Contents

3 diaries (1864, 1865, 1866); official correspondence (1862-1876); family photos (189-?). The 1864 and 1865 diaries contain detailed accounts of the activities of Norton and the troops he served, observations of camp life, and news from home. Also in the 1864 diary: expenditures, inventories, and patient morbidity and mortality statistics. The 1866 diary includes brief and intermittent entries that cover Norton's professional and social activities in Rockford, inventories of books and other personal items, pharmaceutical recipes, accounts, etc., and "Dr. Randolph's Lecture," a 9 p. essay on philosophy written by an African-American. Military orders and financial matters are the main topics of the official correspondence.


  • Created: 1862 - 1899
  • Majority of material found within 1862 - 1866


Biographical / Historical

Physician and Civil War army surgeon from Rockford, Ill. Commissioned an Asst. Surgeon in the US Volunteers, 9 Sep 1863; promoted to Surgeon, 30 June 1864. Served with the 16th US Infantry, 19th US Infantry, and Battery H, 5th US Artillery, mostly in Tennessee. On sick leave in Rockford, Jun-Aug 1864. Assigned to Artillery Brigade, 4th Army Corps in Atlanta, 17 Aug 1864. Spent remainder of war in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Transferred from Nashville to Louisiana (Jun-Jul 1865) and Texas (Jul-Nov 1865) before being mustered out on 9 November 1865. Practiced medicine in Rockford until his death on 27 March 1877.


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