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A Civil War Soldier's Life

Civil War Soldier Life Sources in KSU's Sturgis Library.


Andrews, W.H. Footprints of a Regiment: A Recollection of the 1st Georgia Regulars, 1861-1865. Compiled by Richard M. McMurry. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press, 1992.

Averell, William Woods. Ten Years in the Saddle: The Memoir of William Woods Averell. Edited by Edward K. Eckert and Nicholas J. Amato. San Rafael, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1978.

Berkley, Henry Robinson. Four Years in the Confederate Artillery; The Diary of Private Henry Robinson Berkeley. Edited by William H. Runge. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1961.

Boyer, Samuel Pellman. Naval Surgeon; The Diary of Dr. Samuel Pellman Boyer. Edited by Elinor Barnes. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1963.

Brewster, Charles Harvey. When This Cruel War Is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster. Edited by David W. Blight. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1992.

Callaway, Joshua K. The Civil War Letters of Joshua K. Callaway. Edited by Judith Lee Hallock. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1997.

Carter, Robert Goldthwaite. Four Brothers in Blue, Or, Sunshine and Shadows of the War of the Rebellion: A Story of the Great Civil War from Bull Run to Appomattox. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1978.

Carter, William R. Sabres, Saddles, and Spurs. Edited by Walbrook D. Swank. Shippensburg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1998.

Donaldson, Francis Adams. Inside the Army of the Potomac: The Civil War Experience of Captain Francis Adams Donaldson. Edited by J. Gregory Acken. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1998.

Fisk, Wilbur. Hard Marching Every Day: The Civil War Letters of Private Wilbur Fisk, 1861-1865. Edited by Reid Mitchell. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1992.

Foster, Samuel T. One of Cleburne's Command: The Civil War Reminiscences and Diary of Capt. Samuel T. Foster, Granbury's Texas Brigade, CSA. Edited by Norman D. Brown. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980.

Gooding, James Henry. On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front. Edited by Virginia M. Adams. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1991.

Guerrant, Edward O. Bluegrass Confederate: The Headquarters Diary of Edward O. Guerrant. Edited by William C. Davis and Meredith L. Swentor. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Edited by Christopher Looby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Horrocks, James. My Dear Parents: The Civil War Seen by an English Union Soldier. Edited by A.S. Lewis. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982.

Hubbs, G. Ward, ed. Voices from Company D: Diaries by the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.

In the Land of the Living: Wartime Letters by Confederates from the Chattahoochee Valley of Alabama and Georgia. Compiled by Gerald Ray Mathis and Douglas Clare Purcell. Troy, Ala.: Troy State University Press, 1981.

Jackman, John S. Diary of a Confederate Soldier: John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade. Edited by William C. Davis. E-book ed. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1997.

King, John M. Three Years with the 92d Illinois: The Civil War Diary of John M. King. Edited by Claire E. Swedberg. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999.

Ladley, Oscar Derostus. Hearth and Knapsack: The Ladley Letters, 1857-1880. Edited by Carl M. Becker and Ritchie Thomas. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1988.

Lee, Robert Edward. Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee, by His Son. Garden City, NY: Garden City Pub., 1924.

McArthur, Judith N., and Orville Vernon Burton. A Gentleman and an Officer: A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin's Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

McCarter, William. My Life in the Irish Brigade: The Civil War Memoirs of Private William McCarter, 116th Pennsylvania Infantry. Edited by Kevin E. O'Brien. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2003.

Mosby, John Singleton. Take Sides with the Truth: The Postwar Letters of John Singleton Mosby to Samuel F. Chapman. Edited by Peter A. Brown. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.

Owen, Thomas James. "Dear Friends at Home--.": The Letters and Diary of Thomas James Owen, Fiftieth New York Volunteer Engineer Regiment, during the Civil War. Edited by Dale E. Floyd. Washington, D.C.: Historical Division, Office of Administrative Services, Office of the Chief of Engineers, 1985.

Peddy, George Washington. Saddle Bag and Spinning Wheel: Being the Civil War Letters of George W. Peddy, M.D., Surgeon, 5-6th Georgia Volunteer Regiment, C.S.A. And His Wife Kate Featherston Peddy. Edited by Zerlina C. Peddy and George Peddy Cuttino. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1981.

Peticolas, A.B. Rebels on the Rio Grande: The Civil War Journal of A.B. Peticolas. Edited by Don E. Alberts. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1984.

Redkey, Edwin S., ed. A Grand Army of Black Men: Letters from African-American Soldiers in the Union Army, 1861-1865. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Rhodes, Elisha Hunt. All for the Union: A History of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Great Rebellion as Told by the Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Who Enlisted as a Private in '61 and Rose to the Command of His Regiment. Edited by Robert Hunt Rhodes. Lincoln, RI: A. Mowbray, 1985.

Robertson, James I. Jr. Soldiers Blue and Gray. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998.

Smith, Thomas W. We Have It Damn Hard Out Here: The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Edited by Eric J. Wittenberg. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1999.

Stilwell, William Ross. The Stilwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet's Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Edited by Mollie Stilwell and Ronald H. Moseley. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2002.

Velazquez, Loreta Janeta. The Woman in Battle: The Civil War Narrative of Loreta Janeta Velazques, Cuban Woman and Confederate Soldier. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.

Voices from Company D: Diaries by the Greensboro Guards, Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia. Edited by G. Ward Hubbs. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.

Wakeman, Sarah Rosetta. An Uncommon Soldier: The Civil War Letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, Alias Private Lyons Wakeman, 153rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers. Edited by Lauren C. Burgess. Pasadena, Md.: Minerva Center, 1994.

Watkins, Samuel R. Company Aytch, Or, a Side Show of the Big Show and Other Sketches. Edited by M. Thomas Inge. New York: Plume, 1999.

Welsh, Peter. Irish Green and Union Blue: The Civil War Letters of Peter Welsh, Color Sergeant, 28th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. Edited by Lawrence F. Kohl and Margaret C. Richard. New York: Fordham University Press, 1986.

Wightman, Edward King. From Antietam to Fort Fisher: The Civil War Letters of Edward King Wightman, 1862-1865. Edited by Edward G. Longacre. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1985.

Wiley, Bell Irvin. The Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1978.
The Life of Johnny Reb, the Common Soldier of the Confederacy. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 2008.

Wilkeson, Frank. Turned Inside Out: Recollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

Williams, Hiram Smith. This War so Horrible: The Civil War Diary of Hiram Smith Williams. Edited by Lewis N. Wynne and Robert A. Taylor. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1993.

Williams, James M. From That Terrible Field: Civil War Letters of James M. Williams, Twenty-First Alabama Infantry Volunteers. Edited by John Kent Folmar. University, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 1981.

Wood, Edward J. A Fierce, Wild Joy: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Edward J. Wood, 48th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Voices of the Civil War. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2007.