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Springfield library gets Civil War diary


Springfield's Lincoln Library has a new addition thanks to the descendants of Civil War soldier Peter String.

String wrote of his experiences on patrol and in battle between June 1864 and May 1865 in a leather-bound journal that was donated to the library by his family on Tuesday. Dozens of letters String wrote to his wife were also given to the library.

The journal was discovered by one of String's descendants in a drawer in 2010, where it had been kept for 44 years. String's great-great-nephew, John Beam IV, transcribed the entries over the course of three months.

An entry on November 16, 1864 celebrates the election of Abraham Lincoln as the nation's sixteenth president. String wrote, "Lincoln elected, the country is saved, hoorah, hoorah."



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