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Safford W. Trowbridge Journals, 1864-1866

Two manuscript volumes, 1 January 1864-23 June 1865 and 13 March-18 December 1866, diary of Union soldier Safford W. Trowbridge, Co. A, Thirty-second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, begins with the unit stationed near Memphis, Tenn. Brief daily entries constitute a record of the mundane life of a soldier, from skirmishes and picket duty to extended bouts of illness and Trowbridge's off-duty passion for fishing.

On 4 August 1864, the troops began "moving eastward" as part of the Atlanta campaign. Two weeks later, Trowbridge complained of sickness and soon thereafter was hospitalized. Following a Thanksgiving furlough, he rejoined his unit, journeying by sea from New York to Beaufort. Trowbridge was with Sherman's troops for the burning of Columbia, but had little to say about it?"a good share of the city was burnt last night." After leaving South Carolina, the Thirty-second moved on to North Carolina, where they occupied Raleigh and fought at Bentonville. They were discharged in early June. Trowbridge's civilian diary, dating from 1866, is chiefly a record of weather conditions at his Waupan, Wis., home.


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