The Diary of a Civil War Marine: Private Josiah Gregg

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The Diary of a Civil War Marine: Private Josiah Gregg is a rare firsthand account of a United States Marine during the Civil War, written within hours of the events described. Gregg enlisted as a private at the beginning of the war, and served as a shipboard Marine on the Vanderbilt as it hunted Confederate raiders in the Caribbean and Atlantic. He also served aboard the Brooklyn at the battles of Mobile Bay and Fort Fischer. Part war story and part travel log, Gregg tells a good story with the confident prose of...

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The Diary of a Civil War Marine: Private Josiah Gregg

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Overview

The Diary of a Civil War Marine: Private Josiah Gregg is a rare firsthand account of a United States Marine during the Civil War, written within hours of the events described. Gregg enlisted as a private at the beginning of the war, and served as a shipboard Marine on the Vanderbilt as it hunted Confederate raiders in the Caribbean and Atlantic. He also served aboard the Brooklyn at the battles of Mobile Bay and Fort Fischer. Part war story and part travel log, Gregg tells a good story with the confident prose of a man who worked as a school teacher and a clerk before the war. Seen by only Gregg's descendants for the last 140 years, the diary entries have been edited to include notes that explain what might be unclear to a modern audience. Also included are brief histories of the ships and the events described in the journal, and eight black and white photographs that were found inside the journal.

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The Journal of America's Military Past
The diary is well-written, and the author takes time to write about life on board ship, his own sea sickness, being caught sleeping on watch, eating hardtack, waiting for mail, runs ashore, rumors circulating, desertion, boredom, entertainment, preparation for battle, battle, and the aftermath of battle. The diary covers both personal actions and ship-wide activities. We are thus able, through Gregg’s writing, to develop the ability to know the man penning this diary. In addition, the editors have done a commendable job of fleshing out and expanding the comments made by Gregg within his diary. . . .[R]eaders interested in the Marine Corps or the U.S. Navy during the Civil War will want this book in their library. It is a must-read for anyone considering writing on CSS Alabama or the Battle of Mobile Bay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611475784
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson
  • Publication date: 11/16/2012
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Wesley Moody is professor of history at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He is the author of Demon of the Lost Cause: Sherman and Civil War History.

Adrienne Sachse is professor of economics at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Editor’s Note
Chapter 1 (November 4, 1862 – December 10, 1862)
Chapter 2 (December 11, 1862 – January 26, 1863)
Chapter 3 (January 29, 1863 – March 21, 1863
Chapter 4 (March 22, 1863 – December 27, 1863
Chapter 5 (April 14, 1864 – May 30, 1864)
Chapter 6 (June 1, 1864 – July 27, 1864)
Chapter 7 (July 28, 1864 – September 9, 1864)
Chapter 8 (September 11, 1864 – January 31, 1865)
Conclusion
Bibliography

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