During his time in service, Beatty kept a journal and meticulously recorded dates and key events, though Beatty was not unique in doing so, as diaries, journals, and letters were essential correspondence during the Civil War (Maness and Combs 2010). However, Beatty, who moved to Gibbon, Nebraska following the war in 1872, later shared his original journal entries which were reprinted in the Buffalo County Beacon (Gibbon, Nebraska’s newspaper). Over the course of thirty-three newspaper articles – running from February 1, 1883 to September 21, 1883 – Beatty provided his personal account in the Buffalo County Beacon and referred to each article as “Leaves From my Journal” (Fig. 2).1 These first-hand accounts serve as a unique way to track both physical and political landscapes during the Civil War.
Combs, H. Jason; Combs, Tate; and Burger, Paul R.
"“Leaves From my Journal”: William T. Beatty’s Civil War Account of the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry,"
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