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(CIVIL WAR). (MANUSCRIPT)
DIARY OF A UNION SOLDIER IN THE 46TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY REGIMENT, COMPANY G.
Virginia and Maryland, 25 January-2 June 1862. This is a first-hand account of the Civil War as experienced by a private in the Union army, describing the movements of his Regiment around Virginia and Maryland, including the First Battle of Winchester, encounters with the rebels, and his time spent in a hospital recovering from pleurisy. On the front flyleaf is the ownership signature of diarist John G. Staysa, noting his hometown of Clara in Potter County, Pennsylvania. According to genealogical records, he would have been about 21 at the time he penned this account. The diary commences on 25 January 1862 with Staysa stationed near Hancock, Maryland, a strategic location on the Potomac River bordering West Virginia. The Battle of Hancock, part of "Stonewall" Jackson's campaign to disrupt the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, had taken place only three weeks before, with the Union soldiers outlasting the Confederate artillery and their attempts to cross the river. Over the next few months, Staysa records the daily goings-on from his point of view as a common soldier, commenting on everything from the weather to the various circulating reports of rebel activity to the failing health of much of the regiment. Staysa spends the better part of March in the hospital in Frederick, Maryland, where he comments on the number of wounded and sick coming and going. (Of the approximately 620,000 soldiers who died in the Civil War, an estimated two thirds perished as the result of illness and infectious disease, prompting some historians to refer to these killers as the "Third Army.") Staysa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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