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Cook, Henry (fl. 1862-1864) 1863 Diary

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03958.02 Author/Creator: Cook, Henry (fl. 1862-1864) Place Written: [various places] Type: Diary Date: 1863 Pagination: 1 v. ; 8 x 13 cm.

Henry Cook describes his life in camp, including his reading and other pasttimes, day trips into cities, soldiers' pay, food, and signal corps duty. He also writes of the movements of the signal corps and of his regiment (9th NJ Volunteers) in considerable detail, including information about the officers and about any skirmishes they encountered. He mentions battles at New Bern, Fort McAlister, Fort Jackson, Little Washington, Chancellorsville, Jackson, Miss., Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Knoxville, and Tarborough by name. He refers to African Americans on several occasions, including the construction of "negro houses" at Seabrook, SC.

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