University of Arizona

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are now welcome to visit Special Collections without an appointment from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. 

Special Collections will close at 12 pm on Monday, December 5th for the event Satellites: bringing an astronomy archive to the stage.

Alexander Grayson Bowman Diary

Manuscript of Alexander Grayson Bowman Diary, page 1

Union Corporal Alexander Grayson Bowman's holograph diary and certificates of promotion and discharge, with accompanying transcript and biographical material, provide a glimpse of military travel and camp conditions. These brief and factual diary entries consist of daily records of the march from Camp Union near San Francisco, CA on Oct. 18, 1861 until his mustering out of Franklin near El Paso, TX on Dec. 12, 1864, as well as Bowman's subsequent journey back to California on Feb. 12, 1865.