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Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863   By: (1805-1866)

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Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 by Adam G. De Gurowski is an exceptional work that offers readers a unique and intimate glimpse into a turbulent period in American history. De Gurowski's diary, meticulously recorded over the course of a year, provides an invaluable primary source for understanding the complexities and nuances of the Civil War era.

Spanning across major events like the Battle of Gettysburg and the Emancipation Proclamation, De Gurowski's diary brings to life the daily struggles and triumphs of the people living in a nation on the brink of self-destruction. The author, a Polish political exile and journalist, offers an insightful and astute perspective on the war, offering a different lens through which to view the conflict.

What sets this diary apart from others of its kind is De Gurowski's engaging writing style. His prose is both vivid and emotional, capturing the essence of the time period with remarkable clarity. He does not shy away from expressing his own opinions and emotions, imbuing the diary with a sense of personal connection and authenticity that strikes a chord with readers.

Moreover, De Gurowski's astute observations and sharp wit make this diary a captivating read. His keen eye for detail and his ability to analyze the actions and motivations of key figures of the time add depth to the narrative, enhancing our understanding of the larger historical context.

Beyond the war itself, De Gurowski's diary provides tremendous insight into the social and cultural climate of the era. The diary delves into topics such as slavery, racial tensions, and the political maneuverings that shaped the nation. Through the author's accounts of his interactions with people from various backgrounds and walks of life, we are afforded a nuanced exploration of the day-to-day struggles and sufferings experienced by both civilians and soldiers alike.

While Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 may not be the most well-known book on the subject of the Civil War, it is undoubtedly a gem that deserves wider recognition. De Gurowski's diary offers a fresh and insightful perspective, shedding light on lesser-known aspects of the conflict while adding depth and richness to our understanding of this crucial period of American history.

In conclusion, Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 is an invaluable resource for historians, scholars, and anyone seeking a more comprehensive understanding of the Civil War. Adam G. De Gurowski's personal account provides a vivid and emotionally charged narrative that leaves an indelible imprint on the reader's mind. This book not only captures the spirit of the time but also reminds us of the enduring power of firsthand accounts in shaping our understanding of history.

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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected. Hyphenation and accentuation have been standardised, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. The author's spelling has been maintained.

Page 94: The word "of" has been added in "If the Army of the Potomac".]



NOVEMBER 18, 1862, TO OCTOBER 18, 1863.





Carleton, Publisher, 413 Broadway.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864,


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Of all the peoples known in history, the American people most readily forgets YESTERDAY;

I publish this DIARY in order to recall YESTERDAY to the memory of my countrymen.


WASHINGTON, October, 1863.


NOVEMBER, 1862. 11

Secretary Chase French Mediation The Decembriseur Diplomatic Bendings.

DECEMBER, 1862. 22

President's Message Political Position Fredericksburgh Fog Accident Crisis in the Cabinet Secretary Chase Burnside Halleck The Butchers The Lickspittle Republican Press War Committee Patriots Youth People Ring out... Continue reading book >>

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