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    Historic Civil War Confederate Diary of Emile Reed, 8th Company 3, 8th Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Detailing the Siege and Surrender of Vicksburg, Covering the Period from March 13 to July 20, 1863. 3½" x 5¾" black folding wallet style diary with twenty-four pages crammed with neat pencil script entries. The 8th Louisiana Arty. Bn. was organized in the Spring of 1862 with men from the New Orleans area. Serving as heavy artillery with four companies, the unit was stationed at Forts Jackson and St. Philip. Later it was ordered to Mississippi and garrisoned at Vicksburg for more than a year, surrendering when the city fell on July 4. By December of 1863 there were only forty-two men left in the unit, and in August 1864, after service at Forts Gaines and Morgan, these men were also captured and the unit ceased to exist. Nearly daily entries detailing the fighting during the siege, including actions against "Yankey" gunboats, listing guns and ammunition used, names of casualties etc. A typical entry on May 1st: " Yankee G. B. attacked Snyder's bluff our batteries drove them back. Heavy fighting at Grand Gulph. Yank (sic) attacked our infantry heavy fighting at Port Gibson". Lengthy, nearly full page, entry detailing the surrender, "...At 10 0'c today we were ordered to stack arms....the hole (sic) Yankey fleet came down....worf (sic) was lined from one end to the other in all near 100 boats...." along with other details of the surrender, clearly a difficult day. Spends the next week waiting to be paroled and finally on July 11, "Marched out at 8:00 reached Big Black", with further details of his escape from Vicksburg arriving home on July 20. An incredible amount of information, much of it doubtless unique and previously unknown. Reed continued to use the diary after his military service including a, detailed, ink script, four page agreement in August 1865 between "J. J. Smith ....and Jim Crow and Julia Crow freed man and freed woman of color". A remarkable document in itself, detailing the new "rules" for the employment of freed blacks in the American south. Also a 20 cent Confederate stamp tipped in. Diary in overall fine condition and an important Civil War document.

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