1861-1863 Diary transcript of James W. Hoffman. In this diary, he discusses joining his regiment, riding on the railroad, soldier life, picket duty, dress parades, illnesses, riding a steamboat, his horse, skirmishes, visiting locals, African Americans, the Battle of Iuka, Confederate prisoners of war, sutlers, the Battle of Corinth, the weather, having a boil, and finances.
Military Service Note
Hoffman, James W. (Veteran). Macomb County. Enlisted in company F, Third Cavalry, Sept. 30, 1861, at Detroit, for 3 years, age 19. Mustered Oct. 12, 1861. Re-enlisted Jan. 19, 1864, at La Grange, Tenn. Mustered Jan. 27, 1864. Sergeant Dec. 15, 1864. Mustered out at San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 1866.