In 1850, James Carmichael (1849-1934) moved to Philadelphia, Penn., from Ireland with his family. Carmichael attempted to enlist in the Union Army in 1864, but was turned down by recruiting officers because of his obvious age.
Carmichael later moved to Rochelle, Ogle County, Ill., where he farmed for much of his life. Between 1924 and 1932, Carmichael used this volume to record his recollection of his life. The volume features 175 pages of handwritten notes by Carmichael. A facsimile of the journal, entitled Recollections of James Carmichael was published in 2001 [UIUC: 630.92 C212c].
Dorothy and Jim DiIorio of Northfield, Ill., donated the volume to the Survey in 2003.