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    Manuscript Journal Written by Michigan Soldier in Texas. 119-page journal contained within a 6" x 7 1/2" ledger book with marbled boards, titled "Jourl. [sic] Of Marches Made by Co. D and also by the Regiment from Brownsville Station to [blank] in 1864 to 1865. Kept by W. F. Wiselegle. Aug. 20th 1865". The author was a member of Co. D 3rd Michigan Cavalry and inscribed the book at San Antonio, Texas. The book contains a log of marches and military maneuvers, annotated with remarks, some brief and some extensive. Some of the entries relate to Civil War era activities, while some relate to post-war activities. Sites include San Antonio, Brownsville, Arkansas, Carrollton, Louisiana, Holly Springs, Corinth, Mobile, Whistler Station, Alabama, Pearl River, Baton Rouge, Austin, Marshall and Brownsville, Texas. Pages 97 and 98 contains a "List of Different camp since I joined the regiment" (1862-1865). He includes an itemized list of all the personal letters he sent or received, as well as an itemized list of 80 locales that he was stationed in. There is also a transcription of an "Ode to Abraham Lincoln" by William Cullen Bryant and a letter from a "secesh soldier to his better half" retrieved from the battle field at Petersburg. Some great content, in small part: "[April 29, 1865]... our regiment went out about 14 miles as an escort for Gen Canby. he and the Rebel Gen Dic Taylor met to negociate on terms of surrender of Taylor's command... [Taylor] has a cork leg but unless you were a close observer, you would not notice it in his walk. [May 7, 1865] The war is over. The next news we expect is that Cerby Smith has surrendered and then there is nothing more to do. It is rumored that Jeff Davis was taken prisoner by Wilson Com this morning." A most unusual and interesting journal.

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