James Cheape letters 1808-1818
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This volume consists of a serialized newspaper reprint of James G. Derrickson's Civil War diary. The series is presented by Chauncey K. Buchanan, Derrickson's nephew, in the newspaper The Argus. The article is entitled "Diary During My Imprisonment in Dixie." The diary is divided into nine installments, and covers the period from June 22, 1864, to June 22, 1865. The entries describe Derrickson's daily experiences as a prisoner of war in the south; he reports on food, shelter, sickness, morale, rumors, prayer meetings and sermons, and treatment by the Rebels. As he is moved from prison to prison, he describes the differences among the facilities. Derrickson, an officer, can send and receive mail and has access to newspapers, allowing him to follow and comment on the war from prison.