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Sergeant John L. Hoster Collection
1862-1906 (bulk 1862-1865)
0.25 Cubic feet
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Coll. No. 345
Scope and Content Note
The Sergeant John L. Hoster Collection consists of five diaries, 1862-1865, a sergeant's roll book, 1862-1863, two contemporary photographs, and a box containing two medals, ca. 1906. The diary entries were made regularly, over a period of four years, and describe Hoster's life as a Union soldier in great detail. They begin with his departure from New York State with the 148th Regiment, on September 22, 1862, and end with his re-entry into civilian life after the war. During the intervening years Hoster saw much active combat and also became a prisoner of war. His diary contains many action-packed descriptions, as well as accounts of daily life in a Union Army company.
John L. Hoster (b. 1842) was the son of Frederick and Kesiah Hoster of Fayette, N.Y. He enlisted in Company A of the 148th Regiment of the New York State Volunteers on Aug. 15, 1862, mustering in as a private and later being promoted to the rank of sergeant. On June 15, 1864, Hoster was captured in action and taken to Andersonville Prison, where he remained until the end of the Civil War. After being discharged from service on June 29, 1865, Hoster moved back to Fayette, married, and started a cider, feed, and sawmill business called Hoster Bros., with his brothers Warren and Frederic S. In addition to his involvement in Hoster Bros., John L. Hoster was a justice of the peace for a number of years.
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