The digital scanning of my great, great, great, grandfather John J. Holcomb's diary was completed on October 22, 2005. Originally I planned to share the content with a few interested relatives, but as I spent time scanning the document and reading the entries, it seemed like it would be better distributed on the web. I wonder what grandpa Holcomb would have thought if he knew his writings would some day be shared with such a wide audience using digital technology?
The completed page scans can be viewed on screen (screen resolution) or printed (print resolution) to read. In addition, I hope that we will add a digital text version for each page. The digital text sections will help to fill in some of the gaps that exist in the text and clear up some of the more difficult to read passages.
The diary itself appears to be from the year of 1864, but is written in a diary published in 1862. We are working to clarify dates and entries. In addition to the diary entries, there are some preface pages with contemporary information from the period.
If you would like submit feedback about the diary or submit your interpretation for particular passages, you can use the submission form link at the bottom of this page. As we gather more information it will be listed under the Digital Text links. At this time the links that are in gray and not underlined are not active.