My ancestor, H.S. Albin (Henry) fought for the 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E. during the Civil War. He was captured near Murfreesboro and spent time at Libby Prison and Camp Asylum.
As the family story goes, my grandmother thought that his Civil War diary was meant to be seen by the world, so one day, sometime in the 1960s, she took her kids to downtown Chicago to donate the diary to the library (Chicago Public?). I have looked at a number of library catalogs around the Chicago area and Worldcat, and can’t seem to find any record of this diary.
Can anyone point me to other bibliographies or resources that might help me locate this diary? I would love to read it!