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W.L. Judson diary, 1862

W.L. Judson diary, 1862

Judson, W. L. (William Lees), 1842-1928

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Title: W.L. Judson diary

Date: 1862

Physical Details: Diary : 1 v. : handwritten, ill. ; 13 x 8 cm.

Description: Judson writes brief daily entries spanning from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of 1862, a year he spent as a bugle player in a Civil War military band. He mentions the weather; his health; letters received and written. He talks about the movements of his unit through Kentucky and Tennessee; the time of day he played the Reveille; the food they are eating; and mentions deaths in the cavalry. He mentions various sources of entertainment: several visits to the theater; sketching; preaching; swimming and exploring the landscape.

Many entries are accompanied by small sketches, primarily of people.

Entries are written in pencil, many are very faint.

A typed transcript is available.

This diary is one of three in Judson's papers.

Creator: Judson, W. L. (William Lees), 1842-1928

Forms part of: W. L. (William Lees) Judson papers, 1861-1957

Rights Statement: U.S. public domain

Citation: W.L. Judson diary, 1862. W. L. (William Lees) Judson papers, 1861-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digital ID: 12897