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A Few Scenes in the life of A "SOJER" in the Mass 44th

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08200 Author/Creator: Place Written: New Bern, North Carolina Type: Manuscript Date: 1863 Pagination: 40 p. ; 10.5 x 20.5 cm. Order a Copy

Illustrated Civil War diary by a soldier in the 44th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Written from camp at New Bern, North Carolina. Sketchbook illustrated with thirty-eight pencil editorial-type cartoon sketches satirizing the Northern press, former slaves, Confederate General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, and military life. Most sketches follow the life of a soldier named "Gorge," or "George," possibly a fictional character, possibly loosely autobiographical. Some sketches are about the Battle of Goldsboro. Page near the end states that the author had to end the sketchbook due to a lack of available paper.

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