Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 30, 2013

Unique view of the Civil War in The Journal

The JournalA young Rebel soldier receives a diary from his fiance, Mary, as he is preparing for war. He didn’t think he would find the time to write in it.  He began writing camp stories, war preparations and his thoughts which were always of Mary.  He wrote sporadically for about a month when he lost it on the battlefield.

The Journal finds its way back and forth across enemy lines from Yankees to Rebels from rank to rank and back again.  Each soldier gives his own version and perspective of what’s happening in the war and in their spiritual lives.  Seeing the Civil War through the eyes of a journal that has traveled the length and width of the war on both sides of the battle offers a unique point of view.  Readers see the real effects of the Civil War while reading entries such as “I think I would have liked this Reb. We would have been friends if we wore the same uniform.” (p. 7)

The Journal covers some of the major battles of the war from the soldiers’ point of view. It is a unique hodge-podge of life on the battlefield.  It is an interesting account of what might have been their true feelings and fears during this time.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Book Crash as part of its Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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