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October 1, 2014, 11:27 pm
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Civil War Journal Obtained by ALPLM Details POW Insight


A journal kept by a Civil War soldier provides some insight into the life of a soldier that was a prisoner of war.

 

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has obtained a diary from Thomas C. Davis who was part of the 38th Illinois Volunteer Infantry back in 1861.

 

Davis details in his journal what it was like being captured in the Battle of Chickamauga.

 

In writings just after being freed, Davis wrote about meager rations given to him and other men.

 

The diary was provided to the Museum by Davis’ great-great grandchildren from Maryland.

 

Diary cover
Inside the journal
Inside the journal

 

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