The Civil War notebook of Daniel Chisholm : a chronicle of daily life in the Union Army, 1864-1865

by Chisholm, Daniel.

Format: Print Book 1989
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.781 CHISHO
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Collection  Civil War
Call Number  973.781 CHISHO
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 973.781 C44
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Daniel Chisholm, upon returing to his home after service in the Army of the Potomac, transcribed the diary of Samuel Clear into a notebook and collected and transcribed his own letters home, along with some of his brother's. This chronicle is presented here accompanied by an introduction and a short afterword. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Daniel Chisholm was 19 years old in February 1864, when he enlisted in the Union Army. His unit fought in the final battles of the Civil War, including the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Five Forks. Surviving the conflict, Chisholm returned home and transcribed into a notebook the diary he had kept during his time in the field. He also collected his own letters home and interspersed them between the diary entries. What emerges is a remarkable glimpse, rich in intimate detail, of the hardships, boredom, and terror that was the ordinary soldier faced on a daily basis. The uncommon view provided here makes this book a worthy contribution to the vast array of Civil War material already published. To be indexed. --Fred Egloff"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Samuel Clear and the brothers Chisholm, all three from Uniontown, Pa., served in the same company during the final 13 months of the Civil War. Daniel Chisholm later collected the letters he had written home and some of his brother Alexander's and, along with a war-time diary loaned to him by Clear, transcribed everything into a private notebook. The diary and letters are studded with memorable verbal snapshots of the battles and in-between times from the pragmatic viewpoint of the enlisted man: inviting a starving Confederate deserter to share breakfast; treating diarrhea with ``Burnt cheese, Gun powder, and Whiskey''; the hanging of Union deserters while the troops jeered; Confederate attacks (``On they came with a woman-like scream''). The material also reveals personal reactions to Lee's surrender, the assassination of Lincoln and the two-day victory march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. Daniel Chisholm's notebook, edited by Menge, a descendant, and Shimrak, a friend of Menge, is a rare find. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Chisholm, Daniel.
United States. -- Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Publisher New York :Orion Books,1989
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Menge, W. Springer.
Shimrak, J. August.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xxii, 202 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0517571609 :
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