Travel in time: civil war diaries and letters posted online

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Civil war diaries by an eu official and the letters of a Union soldier can now be read on a Mississippi State University website.

The university says in a press release that the documents are part of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library is located on the Starkville campus.

Orville Babcock was an army officer and an engineer who eventually became Gene. Grant’s aide-de-camp. His diaries from 1863 to 1869 cover its perspectives on the Siege of Vicksburg and his own war experiences in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee before he was called to Virginia.

The calendars contain information about his post-war experiences in Washington, where Babcock was the personal secretary to Grant during his presidency.

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