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William Howard Russell wrote My Diary North and South while traveling through the Union and the Confederacy from March 1861 to April 1862 as a war correspondent for the Times of London. Along the way he met and interviewed an impressive number of Union and Confederate leaders -- including Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, William H. Seward, and General George B. McClellan -- but he also canvassed average citizens on both sides, recounting their manners, appearance, values, and habits in remarkable detail. This memoir of his journey provides a vivid snapshot of American life and culture at the dawn of the Civil War.
1. Down the Mississippi; 2. Camp Randolph; 3. Heavy Bill; 4. Camp at Cairo; 5. Impending battle; 6. Progress of events; 7. Niagara; 8. Departure for Washington; 9. Interview with Mr. Seward; 10. Arlington Heights and the Potomac; 11. Fortress Monroe; 12. The 'State House' at Annapolis; 13. Skirmish at Bull's Run; 14. To the scene of action; 15. A runaway crowd at Washington; 16. Attack of illness; 17. Return to Baltimore; 18. A tour of inspection round the camp; 19. Personal unpopularity; 20. A Crimean acquaintance; 21. Another Crimean acquaintance; 22. General Scott's resignation; 23. A captain under arrest; 24. News of the death of the Prince Consort.