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John Williams Green Diary
The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA
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[Identification of item], John Williams Green Diary, 1861-1863, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.
Confederate soldier from Kentucky, member of the 9th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, part of the famed "Orphan Brigade." After the war he enjoyed a prosperous career as a broker in Louisville (Ky.) and later was director of the Louisville Title Company. Green's recollections of his service in the Orphan Brigade and its actions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia, give detailed insight into the daily life of a soldier including the fear and excitement of battle; the monotony of marches and drills; and the availability of food and rest. Significant events for Green are in his enlistment in Kentucky, and his initial impressions of military life; the Battle of Shiloh and his account of the care of the wounded; the Battle of Murfreesboro in which he tells about the "artillery duel" between the two armies; the defense of Vicksburg and his description of the effects of the Union bombardment of the city; and his regular bouts of "camp fever" and the medical care receives. Diary includes a letter from John S. Jackman dated 21 July 1869 asking for information on the Orphan Brigade
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