This is the firsthand account of a United States Marine during the American Civil War. Beside the average routine of shipboard life, Gregg experienced major battles and the hunt for Confederate raiders. Anyone who wants a better understanding of the navy during the Civil War, especially a scholar doing research, would appreciate this book.
The Diary of a Civil War Marine: Private Josiah Gregg is a rare firsthand account of a United States Marine during the Civil War, written within hours of the events described. Gregg enlisted as a private at the beginning of the war, and served as a shipboard Marine on the Vanderbilt as it hunted Confederate raiders in the Caribbean and Atlantic. He also served aboard the Brooklyn at the battles of Mobile Bay and Fort Fischer. Part war story and part travel log, Gregg tells a good story with the confident prose of a man who worked as a school teacher and a clerk before the war. Seen by only Gregg's descendants for the last 140 years, the diary entries have been edited to include notes that explain what might be unclear to a modern audience. Also included are brief histories of the ships and the events described in the journal, and eight black and white photographs that were found inside the journal.
Chapter 1 (November 4, 1862 – December 10, 1862)
Chapter 2 (December 11, 1862 – January 26, 1863)
Chapter 3 (January 29, 1863 – March 21, 1863
Chapter 4 (March 22, 1863 – December 27, 1863
Chapter 5 (April 14, 1864 – May 30, 1864)
Chapter 6 (June 1, 1864 – July 27, 1864)
Chapter 7 (July 28, 1864 – September 9, 1864)
Chapter 8 (September 11, 1864 – January 31, 1865)