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William J. Black Civil War Diary
Shoemaker's Artillery Battery
Manuscript #15

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 About this Collection:
One volume diary of Confederate soldier William J. Black (b. 1845 d. 1935; VMI Class of 1867). Diary entries date from October 1864 - January 1865, written while Black was serving in Captain John J. Shoemaker's Company, Virginia Horse Artillery. Brief accounts of various skirmishes and the Battle of Cedar Creek; campsites and positions recorded daily. Following the diary entries are copies of two of Shoemaker's reports detailing Battery activities, dated September 1, 1864 (covering the period May - August) and December 25, 1864 (covering the period September - Dec 25). The volume also contains Black's VMI account book, listing expenses incurred while a cadet (1862-1864) prior to joining Confederate Army.