Excerpts of the Civil War diary of Charles Smith. In the entries, he discusses food, the weather, death tolls, and general conditions of the prison camp at Salisbury, North Carolina. He also provides an account of the Battle of the Wilderness.
Military Service Note
Smith, Charles F. (Veteran), Wayne County. Enlisted in company E, Second Infantry, April 17, 1861 at Niles, for 3 years, age 19. Mustered May 25, 1861. Wounded in action at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862. Re-enlisted Dec. 31, 1863, at Blain's Cross Roads, Tenn. Mustered Jan. 1, 1864. Corporal May 25, 1864. Wounded in action at Jackson, Miss., July 11, 1863. Wounded and taken prisoner near Petersburg, Va., Sept. 30, 1864. Returned to regiment April 24, 1865. Sergeant June 16, 1865. Mustered out at DeLaney House, D.C., July 28, 1865.