Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

About the Writers

This page will be linked to pages with information about individual or family writers.

  • Adams – Charles Frances, Sr.; Charles Frances, Jr.; and Henry – Union
  • Belmont, August – Union; Democratic National Committee chairman.
  • Brown, Spencer Kellogg – Union; kidnapped as a teen in Kansas by Missourians who thought him the son of John Brown; Union soldier; spy
  • Chesnut, Mary Boykin Miller – Confederacy;
  • Dallas, George Miflin – United States Minister to England 1856 to 1861
  • Dawson, Sarah Morgan – Confederacy
  • Downing, Alexander G. – Union; Company E, Eleventh Iowa Infantry
  • Eppes, Susan Bradford –  Confederacy
  • Favill, Josiah Marshal – Union soldier;  private for initial 90 day enlistment; recruited 100 volunteers and reentered NY Volunteers as an officer.
  • Forbes, John Murray – Union
  • Hayes, Rutherford Birchard – Union
  • Jones, John Beauchamp – Confederacy
  • King, Horatio –  Union
  • McQuire, Judith White – Confederacy (Find a grave)
  • Miller, Dora Richards – Union; born on the island of St. Thomas; resided in New Orleans in 1861; married a lawyer January 18, 1862; moved to Arkansas, in Vicksburg during the siege.
  • Neese, George Michael – Confederacy, ended the war as a POW, never rose above private. “After the war George continued as a fresco painter in and around New Market, Virginia. He never married and lived with the William Rupp family until his death”  (Find a Grave)
  • Paxton, Elisha Franklin – Confederacy
  • Richards, Caroline Cowles –  Union
  • Russell, William Howard – British reporter
  • Taft, Horatio Nelson – Union
  • Wills, Charles Wright – Union soldier; initially enlisted as a private in the Eighth Illinois Infantry; near the end of the war he had been promoted to major in the One Hundred and Third Illinois Infantry.
    • Charles Wright Wills was born in Canton, Illinois, April 17, 1840, of Pennsylvania parentage, and was educated in the Canton public schools and the State Normal School at Bloomington, Illinois.
      On the outbreak of the war, responding to the first call of President Lincoln for three months’ volunteers, he enlisted in Company E, Eighth Illinois Infantry, April 26th, 1861, and re-enlisted for three years at the end of his first term of service.
      Subsequently he was commissioned First Lieutenant and Battalion Adjutant of the Seventh Illinois Cavalry. When by order of the War Department in 1862 all Battalion Adjutants were mustered out of service, he returned to Canton, raised a company in the One Hundred and Third Illinois Infantry, and was elected its Captain. 4/9/2012
  • Woolseys – Union
  • Welles, Gideon – Union; Secretary of the Navy