SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Descendants of a civil war soldier from Springfield have donated his battlefield diary to the city's Lincoln Library.
Writing in tiny script in the leather-bound journal, Peter String chronicled his experiences on patrol and in battle between June 1864 and May 1865.
Also donated to the library on Tuesday were dozens of letters to his wife.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that one of String's descendants discovered the journal in 2010 in his father's dresser, where it had been for 44 years.
The soldier's great-great-nephew, John Beam IV, spent three months transcribing the entries.
One entry, dated Nov. 16, 1864, celebrates "glorious election news." It reads: "Lincoln elected, the country is saved, hoorah, hoorah."
Visitors to the library's Sangamon Valley Collection will be able to read a full transcript.
Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com
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