Friday, December 9, 2016

Diary of 2nd Lieutenant George G. Smith: March 26, 1864

At about noon of this day on board the steamboat Illinois we left our good old home at the fort in Donaldsonville and steamed up the broad Mississippi river for Alexandria, Louisiana. We had passed so many happy days in that old fort that it had come to seem very much like home to the First Louisiana and so far as I was concerned I did not leave it without some regrets: but war is war and I consoled myself by looking forward to the time when the victory would be gained and we could enjoy the fruits of it with the loved ones at home.

SOURCE: Abstracted from George G. Smith, Leaves from a Soldier's Diary, p. 91

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