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Reuben and Sarah Schumpert diary

Collection number: ahc.MSS813f

Scope and Content

This collection contains a diary started by Reuben Schumpert on July 30, 1861. In it he records his experience joining the 11th Battalion, Sumpter Light Artillery. Sarah Schumpert, his stepmother, began writing in the diary on July 3, 1864. In her entries she reflects upon domestic life during the Civil War, including details of the loss of her stepson and of her husband's military service. Of particular note are two medicinal recipes.


  • 1861-1865


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Reuben Schumpert (1842-1861) was born in Preston, Georgia, to Amos K. and Elizabeth Gray Schumpert. In 1861 he joined the Confederate Army as a private in the 11th Battalion, Sumter Light Artillery. He traveled to Virginia with his battalion just after the Battle of Manassas and died shortly afterward of typhoid fever. Sarah Schumpert (1842-1933) was born to Micajah Boulware Pickett and Elizabeth Drusilla Coleman Pickett. She married Amos K. Schumpert, Reuben's father, on February 5, 1863.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2011

Related Archival Materials

A uniform from the Battle of Chickamauga worn by Ben Schumpert and possibly sewn by Sarah Schumpert is held in the collections. Please contact the collection manager for access.


MSS 813f was previously processed as MSS 24f.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Reuben and Sarah Schumpert diary
Anna Dancu
September 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305