Publisher description for This war so horrible : the Civil War diary of Hiram Smith Williams / edited by Lewis N. Wynne and Robert A. Taylor.


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A different sort of Civil War diary.

"[M]ost intriguing . . . for it is the diary of a Confederate who spent most of his military service as a noncombatant . . . a soldier who was also an outspoken opponent of military life and war in general and of the Civil War in particular. Hiram Smith Williams was a native Northerner who moved to the South shortly before the war but enlisted as a private in the 40th Alabama Infantry. . . . This truly unique diary, which is enlivened by Williams’s keen eye for detail, a certain literary flair, and his frank assessment of the Confederate army and cause, also includes extensive notes and a perceptive introduction."

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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Williams, Hiram Smith, -- 1833-1921 -- Diaries.
Confederate States of America. -- Army. -- Corps of Engineers.
Soldiers -- Alabama -- Diaries.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.