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    North Carolina: War-Time Diary of Pvt. William W. Hathaway.
    4.75" x 7.25" leather-bound diary owned by William W. Hathaway, a farmer who enlisted in Company H, 17th Regiment North Carolina Infantry on November 6, 1861 and was still listed in the muster rolls as late as October 1864. The entries begin on August 24, 1862 and include approximately fifty-four pages of text plus many hand-colored sketches and drawings. His narrative (possibly written in retrospect shortly after the event) contains many charming spelling errors. It mentions the capture of Roanoke Island by the Federals, passing through Newbern, Kinston and Richmond, and troop movements. "March the 14th 1862 we ware aroused from our stupid slumbers by heavy canonading and the firing of small arms. The battle commencing about 6 o'clock in the morning. The battle raged untill 1/2 past 11 o'clock owing to our force being so small in comparison with theres they overpowered our little and gallant army and flanked at a point where the malisha ware stationed. The enemy came down with sutch a heavey force thay ware compeld to retreet our army existted of 5 Regiments of infintry, 2 Companys of artilery 300 Calvary... Our loss was small in comparison with the enemys." He refers to a battle at Washington, North Carolina on September 6, 1862 where "owing to the enemys gun boats we ware compeled to retreet and leave it in the hands of the enimy again." He records his soldier's wages for the period. There are poems and prayers "Composed by a Soldier", a "Letter from a Son to his father" (".. we will most certainly suffer much if not be whipped but one thing is certain and that is that days that sees Abraham Lincoln or any of his followers ruling over these sothern States will sea me if I am sparde preparing to leave my native land..."), transcript of a letter to his mother from the hospital in Raleigh, "A Prayer for the President of the Confederate States", "The last word of a soldier", "A soldier Departed this life today", "A Soldier - a Sick Soldier", etc. There are fifteen pages of art works or drawings. Some pages are loose. Accompanied by a small binder of later documents related to the military service of Hathaway and family members, as well as genealogical information. Although there is limited battle content, the diary more than makes up for it with the art work and literary sentiments expressed by the writer which are poignant, personal and revealing.


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