Richard Cutts Shannon, Civil War diary, Volume 2a (September 1863-January 1865) (rcs-diary-vol2a-076-c.pdf)
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said; "Hitherto the ballot box has been to the soldier what the altar is to the Christian."I am thinking it will be
a good fight that we are going to have here as the north as well as the brave boys down South.All hail to the Republic!
Live ever. Let me as a true American consecrate my whole energies to thy service.
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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