Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Henry G. Wein
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The diary of Henry G. Wein was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2002 by Ms. Jane Meyer.
Henry Gier Wein, born in 1839 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, was the tenth child born to Henry and Elizabeth (Klein/Kline ?) Wein. Little is known about the family, including the date of its migration to Ohio. However, by 1862, Henry, then aged 23, was clerking in a store in Lima, Ohio. His whereabouts after the Civil War is unknown.
Scope and Content
This diary contains entries for nearly every day from January 3, 1862 to December 31, 1862. Wein clerked in a dry goods store in Lima, Ohio, owned by D [?] Dellinger. He reported on business conditions and his duties as clerk, including stocking, pricing, and ordering goods; invoicing; and bookkeeping. Wein’s personal life, particularly his social activities, dominate the diary’s entries. Wein noted a variety of Lima social events and his personal activities with friends, including cards, billiards, dances, fights, serenades, walks, picnics, and travels to neighboring communities. Entries about the Civil War appear only occasionally. These include references to the draft, local regiments departing for the battlefields, Union victory at Fort Donelson, and casualties at the Battle of Shiloh. Wein also notes his service as one of twelve pall bearers at the "reception" for the deceased Captain Mort Armstrong, whose body had been returned from Pittsburg Landing for burial. When Wein learned that Cincinnati, Ohio, was under threat from Rebel attack, he and his friends began recruiting volunteers. On September 4, 1862, Wein left his clerking position and boarded a freight train for Cincinnati. When he and his friends discovered their services were not needed, they toured the city, visited friends, and returned by train to Lima on September 8th. Wein resumed his duties as clerk in the Dellinger dry goods store.
A family chart and a typed transcript of the entire diary was created by the donor. Some entries appear in a code devised by Wein. The coded entries were deciphered by the donor and appear in the transcription in parentheses. The code, a simple transposition of letters, appears on a separate page at the end of the diary.
1. Henry Wein diary, dtd. January 3, 1862 to December 31, 1862
2. Typed transcript of diary entries
3. Wein family genealogy information