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    Union Soldier's Diary. String-bound booklet containing approximately 68 pages, 3" x 5.75", various locations in Tennessee and Alabama, June 20, 1862 through July 31, 1863 (occasional long gaps). Interesting diary written by an unknown soldier from the 8th Division of Army of the Ohio, under the command of Major General James S. Negley. Tightly scripted, the diary is filled with the daily details of army existence; picket duty, foraging for food and supplies, camp life, and the occasional skirmish.

    Excerpts follow: "At five o'clock p.m. some reble [sic] cavalry dressed in our uniforms came up to the outpost of No. 7 & the sentinel on duty challenged them. They did not pay any attention to it and our boys (4 in number) made preparations to fire when the commander asked them if they was agoing [sic] to fire on their own men, and they came up and pointed their carbines and leveled them at our boys and demanded their arms or they would blow their brains out. They was obliged to deliver out their arms. When that was done, they ordered them to get on behind them, but instead of that the boys broke and run into some bushes. By that time the reserve saw what was going on and they commenced to fire... A flag of truce came in and demanded a immediate unconditional surrender. General Negly sent back word that he would not surrender, that he was going to hold the place as long as he could (Nashville, Sept. 28, 1862)... and then came the conflict. Our Regt made one desperate charge and put the enemy to flight and drove them behind their fortifications. Just as we had crossed the river and got up on the opposite bank, a stray shot took me in the left thigh... (Battle of Murfreesboro, Jan. 2, 1863). The author was then transported to Nashville to recover, where he stayed for three months, followed by a month-long stay in Louisville, then to New Albany where "I enjoyed myself very well." The diary ends with a scribbled note dated July 31, 1863: "I got on a little [drunken] Spree." Diary covers are not extant and pages are worn and toned, with occasional soiling and dampstaining to all top and bottoms of pages.


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