⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary will be the most romantic, beautifully written diary you’ll ever read!! This book is referenced throughout Winston Groom’s Shiloh where he highlights the love story between Josie, a Kentuckian, and a confederate soldier, Tom Grafton. I fell in love with this and often think of writing a musical play for it! 😀
…. If you ever go to the Mammoth caves in Kentucky you can see her signature inside one of the caves. I just happen to ask our tour guide this when we went through one year and he said, yes, she was there in 1860ish and indeed signed one of the famous cave ceilings with candle soot, like many visitors did back then. She also is the only person I know of who has documented seeing Lincoln ride without an entourage to the soldier’s home. I wrote the author of Lincoln’s Sanctuary about this after he stated that Lincoln never rode alone to the soldiers home. He wrote back a little perturbed and said he had realized this after publication and would include it in the second edition. 🙃
…. This is a recent hardcover, pictured against a genuine civil war soldier mug and a collage I made for my civil war tintypes.
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