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“This is a pretty picture. here I am sitting before a guard fire writing at midnight with my knee for a desk and all around the fire are sleeping guards … it is not time to wright.”


Cheap pocket journals for the common person became hugely popular during the U.S. Civil War and played a significant role in what we know about it. It played a bigger role at the time in connecting people and entertaining lonely soldiers of the day. Sort of the iPhone of the 1800s, in a much slower, maybe more glorious way.


Thought some might be interesting in this blog on it.



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A very interesting read about a piece of history. Thank you.

Scribere est agere.

To write is to act.


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Very interesting, I allways prefer reading about history from the people who lived the events Vs. what the newspapers wrote.

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Thanks for posting - a good read.



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Wonderful !

An unprecidented portion of rank and file soldiers were literate. Camp life was boring.

They wrote in their journals. There was a vast written record the war. I wonder how

much of it has survived. It was a truly tragic war. The soldiers of both sides were there

for noble causes. The technology for killing infantry had out-paced all defensive

technology and tactics.

Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
Zum Augenblicke dürft ich sagen:
Verweile doch, du bist so schön !

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What a great read. Thanks for sharing it!

"The older I get, the more I realize I'm getting older".

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I enjoy Civil War history. Thank you for sharing such an interesting article.

"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.". Matthew 4:19

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