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


Hi all,

imageI got a bit behind on some of the diary posts – I’m just about caught up now.  I am done publishing material from 1862 (unless I come across some new and interesting diary or journal).

One of the diaries I was behind on was a new one, the Diary of Ephraim Shelby Dodd, Co. D of Terry’s Texas Rangers.

Dodd was taken prisoner and the diary was found in his pocket.  He was condemned and hung as a spy.

I’ve saved all of the Dodd diary entries prior to January 14, 1863 as a pdf for those who may be interested in reading them without backtracking through the blog. Just click on the image above.

There will be a period over the next day or so when this civil war blog will be not be available or have an appearance different from normal.  I am in the process of doing some much needed site maintenance.

The database for the blog has been giving me problems for some time now.  It hasn’t been anything severe, but it has been annoying.

Now, though, posts are not being published at the time they are scheduled for.  This means that I have manually post each and everyone.  That’s why it appears that there are batches being published at the same time instead of being published periodically through the day.

I am replicating everything on another site.  Once I’ve completed that, I will “scrub” the database and start rebuilding the site.  Hopefully, I will have it all done by the end of the weekend.

Mike Goad

Daily Observations from The Civil War