The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine: The Illustrated Note-Book of Henry O. Gusley

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Edward T. Cotham
University of Texas Press, Sep 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
The confiscated Yankee diary that ran in the Confederate press, fully annotated and illustrated with drawings by a fellow Civil War Marine.
 
On September 28, 1863, the Galveston Tri-Weekly News included an item headlined “A Yankee Note-Book.” It was the first installment of a diary confiscated from U.S. Marine Henry O. Gusley, who had been captured at the Battle of Sabine Pass. It was so popular, the newspaper made an ongoing series of the entire diary, running each excerpt twice. For Confederate readers, Gusley's diary provided a rare glimpse into the opinions and feelings of an ordinary Yankee, an enemy whom—they quickly discovered—it would be easy to regard as a friend.
 
This book contains the complete text of Henry Gusley’s Civil War diary, expertly annotated and introduced by Edward Cotham. One of the few surviving journals by a U.S. Marine serving along the Gulf Coast, it records some of the most important naval campaigns of the Civil War, including the spectacular Union success at New Orleans and the embarrassing defeats at Galveston and Sabine Pass. It also offers an unmatched portrait of life aboard ship.
 
It also includes previously unpublished drawings by Daniel Nestell—a doctor who served alongside Gusley—depicting many of the events the diary describes. Together, Gusley's diary and Nestell's drawings are like picture postcards from the Civil War: vivid, literary, moving dispatches from one of “Uncle Sam's nephews in the Gulf.”

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction to the NoteBook
31
1 The Battle Below New Orleans
35
2 Ship Island the Pearl River and Lake Pontchartrain
56
3 Pensacola
63
4 New Orleans
69
5 The Mississippi River
73
6 Baton Rouge Plaquemine and Donaldsonville
87
11 The Capture of USS Hatteras
131
12 A New Commander
134
13 Mississippi Sound
143
14 The Swamps of Louisiana
148
15 Butte a la Rose
157
16 Mobile Bay
162
17 The Return to theTeche Country
167
18 The Battle of Sabine Pass
173

7 The Return to Pensacola and Ship Island
92
8 The Capture of Galveston
104
9 Matagorda Bay
110
10 The Battle of Galveston
117
19 Letters from Prison
176
Notes
179
Index
207
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Edward T. Cotham, Jr., is an independent scholar based in Houston, Texas. He is a member and past president of the Houston Civil War Roundtable, and also leads tours of Civil War battlegrounds in Texas and lectures to historical and civic groups.

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