Nelson Stauffer enlisted in Co. A, 63rd
Regiment, Illinois Infantry during the US Civil War. He kept a diary from 1862-1865. In it,
he writes of his enlistment, training, troop movements, interactions with other soldiers,
daily work assignments, patrolling, and a brief illness. He also describes the actions of
some African-Americans he encountered while marching in the South, battlefield conditions,
and the burning of Columbia, South Carolina.
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