Dec. 21, 1860
The 19th century was a literary age, and the Civil War a written war. Diaries proliferated among politicians and professionals, civilians and soldiers; as a result, we have scores of personal reactions and reflections that document events both momentous and trivial. Not all of these diaries stand the test of time as revealing portraits of an age and literary works with a unique voice. One that does was maintained by George Templeton Strong.