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Off to Wales with my great-grandmother’s diary

My mother gave me my first diary when I was 13. It had a yellow cardboard cover and a tiny lock and key. I welcomed the chance to put down my secrets, especially to spill out the doubts and longings … Continue reading

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An Andersonville Anniversary

It was 150 years ago this month—February 24, 1864, to be exact—that Andersonville Prison first took in captured Union soldiers. Over the next 14 months, 12,699 men died there, close to one-third of the prisoners to pass through its gates. … Continue reading

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A Survivor of Andersonville and the Sultana

William Davies’ 1864 diary opens with a list of 19 men from Company A who have given him their photographs. At Andersonville National Historic Site (see recent posts about Davies‘ stay in the Confederate prison), there is a POW museum … Continue reading

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“Can this be Hell?”

The diary of Connecticut POW Robert Kellogg indicates that it was raining the day my great-great-grandfather, William Davies, arrived at Andersonville Prison. Kellogg had already been there for a month, enduring the Georgia heat of mid- to late May of … Continue reading

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Greetings from Andersonville Prison

No, I’m not in jail. I spent yesterday at the National Historic Site marking the prison where my great-great-grandfather spent three months as a POW during the Civil War. On June 10, 1864, William Davies was captured at the Battle of Brice’s … Continue reading

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Alpine avalanche in World War I

My grandfather, Attilio Ciliotta, was born in the Italian Alps, near the Austrian border. At the start of World War I, his older brothers applied to join the elite Alpini Corps. Only Mario, the oldest, was accepted. Attilio, at nine … Continue reading

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Post-Traumatic Stress, 1864 to the Present

“July 11, 1864  11 of our men was Hung on the same Scaffold & at the same time for robbing & murdering their fellow Prisoners.” –from the diary of William Morgan Davies I’m interested in whether and how my great … Continue reading

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