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Nathan D ALLEN Clifton Heights land Owner

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Re: Nathan D ALLEN Clifton Heights land Owner

Posted: 12 Jul 2013 7:35AM GMT
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The Missouri History Museum Archives holds a diary of Nathan D. Allen. Here's a description of the diary from our Guide to the Archival Collections:

Allen, Nathan D. (1819-1903).
Diary, 1834-1888. 1 volume (100 pages)
Nathan D. Allen was born May 15, 1819, at Watkins Glen, New York, and came to St. Louis in 1837, eventually settling in Webster Groves, St. Louis County, Missouri, where he died May 9, 1903.
The diary of Nathan D. Allen contains material on life in Webster Groves, with accounts of the 1849 cholera epidemic and the Civil War in St. Louis, and mentions meeting Abraham
Lincoln and Henry Shaw. (Additional information on Allen family was added later by donor.)

Here's a description of the Civil War content in the diary from our Civil War manuscripts guide:

Allen, Nathan D. (1819-1903).
Diary, 1861-1865. 1 item (18 pages)
Nathan D. Allen was born May 15, 1819, at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and came to St. Louis in 1837, eventually settling in Webster Groves, where he died May 9, 1903.
Diary contains brief entries of general war news and affairs in St. Louis. Includes the following entries relating to the capture of Camp Jackson and related affairs in St. Louis in early May 1861: May 9, “600 guns 5 Cannon and ammunition from Baton Rouge La. arrive and taken to Camp Jackson (from U.S. Arsenal at Baton Rouge).” May 7-8, “4000 Home Guards marched to Arsenal armed and mustered into service.” May 10, “100 soldiers U.S. and the Home Guards under Capt Lyon surround Camp Jackson and take all prisoners, who are marched to the Arsenal and paroled. Mob secession fired at Union soldiers after surrender fire returned about 30 persons killed.” May 11, “10th Ward Home Guards fired on 2 killed corner 5th & Walnut. Jackson men burn bridges on P.R.R. [Pacific Railroad] and retreat west.” May 12, “Funeral of E. Wright killed at Camp Jackson Great Panic 1000ands of families fled from city on rumor that the Dutch were going to burn the City.” Diary also includes description of meeting Abraham Lincoln on a train in Illinois (entry dated February 1, 1861) and mention of seeing the actor and future assassin John Wilkes Booth at the theater (entry dated April 29, 1862).

Dennis Northcott
Associate Archivist, Missouri History Museum
dpn@mohistory.org
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