The first few entries were written before the war; they discuss Wilson's work as a clerk in a cotton house and his social life in Mobile. Most of the diary, however, focuses on his military service during the Civil War. He describes camp life and...
In the diary he describes the troop movements of the "Mobile Rifles" after the regiment was formed in 1861; traveling to Lynchburg, Virginia; the enthusiasm for secession in Alabama and Virginia; his term of service at Norfolk, Virginia; social...
In the letter Vance discusses his wife's recent suicide at Bryce Hospital in Tuscaloosa. He blames the staff for her death and seeks retribution: "I deem the permission of such a death nothing short of criminal negligence, and hope there may be...
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