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Richard (McGee) Magee diaries

Identifier: RG069_163

Scope and Content

Series 1. Diaries, 1863-1869, consist of five day-to-day diaries kept by Richard Magee both during and after the Civil War.

Series 2. Miscellaneous, undated, contains an article describing Richard Magee's heroic actions at Fort Wagner, the medal presented to him "for conspicuous bravery during the historic siege", and a reprint of the statement requested by Richard Magee from Lt. Colonel William H. Noble after the medal was lost in the mail.


  • 1863-1869

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Richard (McGee) Magee was born in 1837 in Ireland and married Jane Furgeson. Magee enlisted as a private from Bethlehem in Company K of the 17th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry on August 15 and was mustered in on August 28, 1862. He was awarded a medal of honor by Lt. Colonel William H. Noble after the siege on Fort Wagner and Sumter "for conspicous bravery during the historic siege." Richard mustered out of service on July 19, 1865 and returned to a life of farming. Richard Magee died in 1917 at the age of 80.


0.25 cubic feet


Richard (McGee) Magee was a volunteer soldier in Company K of the 17th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. The collection includes five day-to-day diaries and an article describing his heroic actions at the siege of Fort Wagner and Sumter.


Series 1. Diaries, 1863-1869

Series 2. Miscellaneous, undated


The diaries were donated to the Connecticut State Library by Robert Seymour on August 30, 2012.

Processing Information

Allen Ramsey processed the collection from November 2012-January 2013.

RG 069:163, Richard (McGee) Magee Diaries
Finding aid prepared by Allen Ramsey.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository