Hoster (Sergeant John L.) Collection. 1862-1906 (bulk 1862-1865).

Summary Information

New York State Historical Association – Research Library
Sergeant John L. Hoster Collection
Coll. No. 345
Date [inclusive]
1862-1906 (bulk 1862-1865)
0.25 Cubic feet
Funding Source
This finding aid was made available electronically through a Regional Bibliographic Data Bases (RBDB) grant from the South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, N.Y.

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Biographical/Historical note

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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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.

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Collection Inventory

 345.1 – Box 1
 345.1/1 — Diary. Sept. 1862 – Aug. 1863.
 345.1/2 — Diary. Aug. 1863 – Jan. 1864.
 345.1/3 — Diary. Jan. – Apr. 1864.
 345.1/4 — Diary. Apr. 1864 – Apr. 1865.
 345.1/5 — Diary. Apr. – June 1865.
 345.1/6 — Sergeant’s Roll Book. ca. 1862-1863.
 345.1/7 — Photographs of Hoster (2).
 345.1/8 — Medals (2) for the reunion of the 126th N.Y. Vol., 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 2nd Corps, Geneva, N.Y., Aug. 22, 1906; and the 148th N.Y.

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