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Gramling Civil War Diary

Identifier: MSS 1971-129

Scope and Contents

The two items in this collection are a copy of a typescript made by Clifton Paisley from the original holograph diary and a biographical sketch of the author of the diary, Wilbur W. Gramling. The original of the diary, which the donor described as being in "small handwriting and some of it is illegible because the ink has badly faded," was found among the belongings of the late Owen Irvin Gramling Sr. of Tallahassee, founder of O. I. Gramling and Company and nephew of the author. The original has subsequently come into the possession of O. I. Gramling Jr. of Tallahassee. Wilbur Gramling joined Company K of the 5th Florida Infantry Regiment, which eventually became part of a small brigade commanded by Brig. Gen. E.A. Perry, later a governor of Florida. Perry's brigade participated in the opening days of the Wilderness campaign in May, 1864, and Gramling's diary begins with his own capture on May 6. The diary relates prison experiences in several Federal hospitals or prisons at Washington and at Elmira, New York, where most of his 15 months of prison life were spent. The diary, however, covers only one year of this.


  • Created: 1864-1865
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/01/1971


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Gramling family of this country stems from a Bavarian family that settled in South Carolina in the 18th Century. Sometime in the first part of the 19th century two brothers, Christian and John, settled, respectively, in Leon and Madison counties, Florida. Their numerous descendants make a tradition of holding family reunions annually at either Shiloh Methodist Church in Madison County or Pisgah Methodist Church in Leon County.
Andrew Peter Gramling, member of the Madison County branch, married his first cousin, Elizabeth, daughter of Christian of Leon County and before the Civil War moved to the Centerville area of Leon County. The diarist, Wilbur, was the son of Andrew Peter and Elizabeth Gramling.
Wilbur Gramling returned to Centerville after his release following the end of the Civil War. He died on December 3, 1870, at the age of 27, reportedly from a lung ailment dating from his time of incarceration, and he is buried in the cemetery at Pisgah Methodist Church. (Source: biography written by Clifton Paisley included with collection)


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Custodial History

Paisley was a Research Editor, Graduate School and Research

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Clifton L. Paisley

Existence and Location of Originals

Portions of collection available online?: No

Processing Information

Processed May 1971.

Gramling Civil War Diary
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US