For Our Beloved Country

American War Diaries from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf

Edited by Speer Morgan and Greg Michalson

Published by Speer Morgan at Smashwords

Copyright 2012 Speer Morgan


We would like to thank the hundreds of veterans and relatives of veterans who sent in their diaries for consideration for use in this book, as well as the dozens of librarians and curators who helped us track down material. Particularly generous were Gary Yarrington, Curator of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library; Diana Haskell, Margaret Kulis, and Patrick Morris at the Newberry Library; David Keough, Curator of the U.S. Army Military History Research Collection at Carlisle Barracks; Nancy Bartlett of the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan; and Harriet McLoone of the Huntington Library. We want to thank Charlotte Overby and Jodee Stanley for research help on the Revolution and the Spanish-American War; Sam Stowers for help with the Gulf War; historian Tom Alexander for guidance regarding the Civil War; Major William McCormick for fact checking and editing suggestions regarding the Gulf War; Andrew Dyer of the National Archives for help with George Sargent's records; and the people at the U.S. Park Service who were gracious about answering many questions.

Many thanks to George Scheer for his fine scholarship and his cooperation regarding the Joseph Plumb Martin diary. Many of the footnotes in this diary are his and are marked with his initials, G.S.

Thanks to Marilynn Keil for handling the difficult job of turning handwritten scripts into type. And very special thanks indeed to Dedra Veach, without whom this book could not exist.

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