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    Federal Hospital Steward's Pocket Diary, September 28, 1864 to May 24, 1865, mostly written in Savannah, Georgia, approximately 80 pp., 5" x 3", leather wraps. This semi-literate journal chronicles a Union soldier's experiences during the closing months of the war. The final pages are given to informal notes, recipes, accounts and, interestingly, an explanation of the corps badges and divisional colors used in Sherman's army. A sampling of the small book's contents is as follows: "...on Sunday Nov 15 we left Atlanta in going through the city we passed large buildings on fire...Dec 10 1864 the troops burnt the Charleston and Savanna Rail Road we lay about 6 miles from Savanna in the Field Hospital we can hear the cannon on the savanna River and the broadsides from the big guns very plain...Dec 21...this morning news came that the rebels was evacuating savanna leaving their guns and all behind...March 18 1865...the Nigger troops was reviewed by Gen grover and gen Gilmore and staff the troops looks well and march excellent...April 16 we got news that lee surrendered his army to gen grant...we received the news that the president had been shot it created the intencest excitement through the city...". Written mostly in pencil, damp stains and soiling throughout, binding somewhat loose. Still, entirely legible with excellent content. Overall good condition.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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