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William L. Aughinbaugh journal, 1862-1863

196 pages

The William L. Aughinbaugh journal describes the Civil War experience of a Union soldier and his gradual loss of support for the war.

Aughinbaugh is a literate and observant writer, who had apparently received a good education before his enlistment. His diary is an excellent reflection of the creeping loss of ideological motivation that afflicted many soldiers in the Union Army as the war continued longer than expected, and his personal insights are uniformly interesting and often insightful. Among the highlights of the journal is an excellent description of the Battle of Chancellorsville and of his own capture.