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    A Soldier's Diary from the 23rd Connecticut - New Orleans Occupation. This Civil War soldier's diary was owned by Private Levi French of the 23rd Connecticut Infantry. It is from the year 1863 and is filled with his observations of his travels during the year written in pencil and in ink. He even lists all the captains of his regiment in the back of the book with a brief chronological overview of the year. While sometimes colorful in language, he is very descriptive in his writings of the countryside, the Southerners, and the black citizens he encounters.

    The 23rd Connecticut was organized at New Haven, Connecticut on November 14, 1862, just before this diary starts. Private French writes that he is from Fairfield, Connecticut and that he is at "Camp Parapet, seven miles above New Orleans". From there, the unit made their way around Louisiana seeing action at Berwick, Louisiana.

    Measuring approximately 3" x 5", this leather diary has the words 'Diary 1863' embossed in gold on its strap. There are tears at the binding but otherwise is in good condition.


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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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