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  • Writer's pictureDerrick

Slowly, but Surely.

Another week down, and things are inching along instead of sprinting along as I had hoped. However, that does not mean that things can't change and these projects can really take off! I might not have written as much as I wanted, but I did get a TON of new resources and material!

Torn Asunder:

I've already collected over TWENTY sources for this piece, and there are a few more out there that I know will lead me to more. There are also a few that I haven't been able to get my hands on, the Diary of James A. Munday particularly. During Christmas break, I plan on making a day trip to Louisville to hopefully make my own scans of the "copied" version so I can use them whenever I need to. Plus, I might take the time to make a stop at the Corydon, IN Battlefield while I'm on the way to learn more about the Indiana Legion.

Speaking of the Legion, the book finally arrived this week! The Indiana Legion: A Civil War Militia by John P. Etter has been a fascinating read thus far. The struggles to form the Legion, keeping it supplied, and keeping it manned were all too real for the state. It is loaded with accounts and documents from the men of the Legion, and the best part, is that it has a full after action report of the Battle of Panther Creek/Sutherland Hill that I had not previously seen. The best part of this report is that it is written 10 days after the fact, instead of three months like the other source. It also gives all names of the Legionnaires killed and wounded and how severe their wounds were. This has been a great tool!

Diary of John F. Locke:

I am continued to be amazed at what I am finding in this diary. As of the writing of this post, I am currently at June 1863. I had planned on being finished a few days ago, but life tends to get in the way of our plans. So, I am just getting done what I can when I can.

Just like Torn Asunder, this week wasn't without gain. I found some documents directly relating to John F. Locke and his service. Specifically a note for his pay on special duty recruiting in Union occupied Tennessee. Some very interesting stories there that I think readers will enjoy.

'Also, I found a Prisoner of War Roll that gives a great physical description of John for when he was paroled at the end of his service and release from a Union Prison of War camp.

More coming in the next few days! To stay in touch with day to day happenings, follow my Instagram and Twitter pages! You can find them by searching : @tornasunderbook for both platforms.


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