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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.