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The Civil War Diary of Hollis True is a transcription of two diaries in the collections of the Cumberland (Maine) Historical Society, identified as “Diary 1861-1863, Captain Hollis True,” and “Captain Hollis True, Diary 1864.” While transcribing the first volume, an overlap of entries was discovered for the dates July 24, 1862, through January 27, 1863. It appears two people made entries in the same diary. The first writer’s last entries, dated January 26 and January 27, 1863, indicate he was ill. These entries are followed by the entry “This book was lost and is found again,” and then “Hollis True, Co. E 17 Maine, Journal 1862.” Hollis True’s entries continue for the remainder of 1862 and carry through to September 1864. There is evidence to suggest that the entries from 1861 through January 27, 1863, were written by Whitman Holmes of Newburyport, Massachusetts, who died in January 1863. Hollis True, who was born in 1839 in Pownal, Maine, eventually settled in Cumberland, Maine, where he died on December 23, 1910, at age 71.

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The Civil War Diary of Hollis True



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