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A Diary of the War or What I Saw of it. By William S. White, Third Richmond Howitzers, First Virginia Artillery, Second Corps, A.N.V.

A Diary of the War or What I Saw of it. By William S. White, Third Richmond Howitzers, First Virginia Artillery, Second Corps, A.N.V.

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Richmond, Va.: Carlton McCarthy & Co., 1883. 220 pages. First edition.

Contributions to a history of the Richmond Howitzer Battalion Pamphlet No. 2.

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There were a total of four pamphlets in this series published by the Richmond Howitzer Association between 1883 and 1886. This one has been removed from a bound volume and shows loss to backstrip. Both original printed wrappers are present. It is a surplus duplicate from the Library of Congress and is so stamped. COULTER'S TRAVELS IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES A BIBLIOGRAPHY, 473: "This diary gives an excellent close-up account of the experiences of a member of the Richmond Howitzers, a unit of the First Virginia Artillery. White naturally gives most attention to military matters, but had much to say about the people he met. On the march he often approached a nearby house, visited with the occupants, took meals with them, and sometimes remained over night. His operations were mostly confined to Virginia, but once he dipped down into North Carolina south of Suffolk, Virginia, where he was stationed for a time, and he crossed Maryland into Pennsylvania on the Gettysburg campaign. The diary shows signs of having been reworked after the war, but the changes are mostly stylistic and do not affect its first-hand importance." Appended to the diary are: Rolls of Third Company Richmond Howitzers as Mustered in and as Surrendered. The pamphlets in this series are very scarce. Most were simply read to death by the Veterans themselves. DORNBUSCH II, 1116. HAYNES: VIRGINIANA, 19781. NEVINS I, p.173. NICHOLSON p.747. SWEM: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF VIRGINIA, 1102.