Richard Cutts Shannon, Civil War diary, Volume 2a (September 1863-January 1865) (rcs-diary-vol2a-031-c.pdf)
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interesting. The debt of the South! Why may it not be a proper subject of alarm to our Government? It certainly is no plain & straight way in which the nation must go even after its regeneration, its resusication . It is intricate & beset with enormous difficulties. And it will require all the wisdom & patriotism & fidelity of our best men to carry the country through the tryingof reaction
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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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