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Topic: Civil War Memoirs and Biographies Wanted

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Subject: Civil War Memoirs and Biographies Wanted
Date Posted: 7/30/2008 5:47 PM ET
Member Since: 7/25/2008
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If you have any let me know or if you know of a good one let me know about that too. Thanks, Dixie

Subject: civil war memoir
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 7:50 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2008
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If you're still looking for a recommendation, I've got one.  I just finished and posted "Memoirs of a Soldier, Nurse and Spy: A Woman's Adventures in the Union Army" by Sarah Edmonds.  It's her story of dressing as a man and joining the Union Army as Frank Thompson.  She served and was later able to get retirement benefits (after she returned to her "old" life and got married).  Pretty intersting stuff.  Debbie

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 8:59 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2007
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You probably already have Diary of a Confederate Soldier, John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade (edited by William C. Davis).  I haven't read it (yet) but the dust jacket says in part "The Civil War journal of John Jackman is one of the richest and most literate of all Confederate soldier narratives to survive the war.  It is also the only surviving war period diary of a soldier in the famed First Kentucky or "Orphan" brigade..."

But if you don't already have it, it's on my bookshelf.