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This War So Horrible: The Civil War Diary of Hiram Smith Williams, 40th Alabama Confederate Pioneer
by Hiram Smith Williams
edited by Lewis N. Wynne and Robert A. Taylor
University of Alabama Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-8173-5374-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-9162-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8173-0642-7
Library of Congress Classification E476.7.W55 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.7378

A different sort of Civil War diary.

"[M]ost intriguing . . . for it is the diary of a Confederate who spent most of his military service as a noncombatant . . . a soldier who was also an outspoken opponent of military life and war in general and of the Civil War in particular. Hiram Smith Williams was a native Northerner who moved to the South shortly before the war but enlisted as a private in the 40th Alabama Infantry. . . . This truly unique diary, which is enlivened by Williams’s keen eye for detail, a certain literary flair, and his frank assessment of the Confederate army and cause, also includes extensive notes and a perceptive introduction."
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