James F. Dargan served as a Union
solder in the US Civil War. Between September 17, 1862 and August 27, 1863 he kept a diary
which includes descriptions of his enlistment, camp life, gossip about fellow soldiers,
military discipline, and other aspects of his service. Scattered throughout the diary are
lines of verse, original sketches, clippings from various sources, pressed flowers, ribbons,
cards, and other ephemera.
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