Richard Cutts Shannon, Civil War diary, Volume 2a (September 1863-January 1865) (rcs-diary-vol2a-024-c.pdf)
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Letter from chum on little bits of paper. Exercised some. No time to study. Must work tonight. Whether I succeed in passing the ordnance Board or not I am determined to keep up the study of mathematics. It is the true kind of mental discipline that we get from such studies. A good mathematician ought not to have weak thoughts on any subject.Played two games of
chess with Lieut. Col. Perkins tonight.
Description: Shannon enlisted in Company “H” of the 5th Maine Regiment , Volunteer Infantry. He was made an aide-de-camp for General Slocum in March 1862 and was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville in May 1863. Shannon spent 18 days in Libby Prison in Richmond and recorded his diary entries on blank leaves of a book.
This digital diary is shared by Maine State Archives and Colby College; original housed at Colby.
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