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Diary of a Confederate Soldier: John S. Jackman of the Orphan Brigade

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A book by John S. Jackman

Though memoirs of the Civil War abound, Jackman's diary is the only surviving record of a soldier in the fascinating, albeit troubled, First Kentucky Regiment, or "Orphan Brigade." A perceptive diarist, Jackman was involved in action from Shiloh to Vicksburg, … see full wiki

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Author: John S. Jackman
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
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Excellent account of life in the 'Orphan Brigade'

  • Sep 3, 2000
In February of 1862, 4,000 men left Kentucky as part of the First Kentucky Brigade and marched south. Three years later, 600 returned, among them John S. Jackman. In between, the five regiments saw most of the Civil War in the west -- Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Chickamauga, the Atlanta campaign -- even ending their days as a unit in Washington, Georgia, just as President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet pass through in their attempt to escape Union troops.

Jackman saw it all, and as renowned and prolific Civil War author and editor William Davis points out, his account is the longest and most unvarnished of the diaries that have come out of the war about the "Orphan Brigade." "Diary of a Confederate Soldier" is one of the better memoirs to come out of the war, literate, readable, humorous (especially the great snowball battle in March of 1864), and educating.

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