A piece of history connecting Springfield to the Civil War has been donated to Lincoln Library’s Sangamon Valley Collection.
An original Civil War diary written between 1864 and 1865 by Springfield resident Simon String has been donated by String’s great-great-nephew, John Beam the Fourth of Spokane, Washington. Beam personally transcribed the tiny handwriting in the small journal before donating it.
In the diary, String recounts various skirmishes and battles, and his reaction to the re-election and later assassination of President Lincoln. Library officials say it offers a rare glimpse into the day-to-day lives of Springfield residents who went off to war in the 1860s.