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