This diary is without doubt one of the most unique produced throughout the Civil conflict since it comprises little or no approximately army existence. Early within the struggle Van Buskirk deserted his regiment, operating as a schoolmaster, farm hand, and informal laborer. He wrote of the ache civilians persisted by the hands of contending armies. yet he additionally came upon time to chronicle his fascination with good-looking younger lads he encountered in the course of his lifestyles as a deserter--unwittingly offering glossy readers an illuminating glimpse of sophistication ameliorations and sexual mores. Naval, social and sexual historians, specifically, will locate a lot invaluable resource fabric.
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