During the Civil War, Riggs served in Company G of the 27th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In the letter he describes recent losses in his company and the soldiers' difficult journey to their present encampment: "Since the fight at Perryville...
In the diary he describes the treatment of victims of injuries, sickness, and wounds during the war, concentrating especially on his treatment of Chief Osceola. He also notes the cause of death of many soldiers and Native Americans, and he...
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