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Discover History: Help Transcribe Joe Joskins’ Civil War Diary

August 5, 2013

Sketch of Hoods Texas Brigade of the Virginia Army by Joe Joskins, a rebel in Co. “A,” 5th Texas Vol., Hoods Texas Brigade, Fields Divission [sic], Longstreets Corps, Army Northern Virginia. Manuscript Diary, 1865. Rare Books Collection. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Sketch of Hoods Texas Brigade of the Virginia Army by Joe Joskins, a rebel in Co. “A,” 5th Texas Vol., Hoods Texas Brigade, Fields Divission [sic], Longstreets Corps, Army Northern Virginia. Manuscript Diary, 1865. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

UTSA  Libraries Special Collections invites you to help transcribe a portion of A Sketch of Hoods Texas Brigade of the Virginia Army by Joe Joskins, a rebel in Co. “A,” 5th Texas Vol.

Images of this diary have been available online through our Digital Collections since 2010. However, the handwritten text can be difficult to read and is not keyword searchable. By transcribing one or more pages, you will make it easier for others to enjoy Joskins’ text and to quickly find specific information about his experiences during the Civil War.


Ready to get started?

To transcribe the first third of Joskins’ diary, create a FromThePage account and then follow this link to A Sketch of Hoods Texas Brigade of the Virginia Army and click on any page that says “Help transcribe this page!”



Transcription guidelines are visible on each page, and also listed below for easy reference:

  • Spelling: Use original spelling, including misspellings.
  • Abbreviations: Use original abbreviations.
  • Capitalization: Use original capitalization if identifiable.
  • Punctuation: Use original punctuation if identifiable. Do not add punctuation (periods, commas, apostrophes) that are not present in the original.
  • Line Breaks: Hit return once after each line ends. Two returns indicate a new paragraph.
  • Illegible Text: If you cannot read text or are uncertain, place it in square brackets: [Dr?], [?], or [c?t]
  • Subjects: To add subjects (person, place, or battle), place the words in double brackets. Ex. [[Col JJ Archer]]. Do not worry about adding authorized forms of names. An editor will do that later.

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