Written from memory and notes and covering the period from his 1861 enlistment to 1885 furlough, this is the 1st such reminiscence of an Irish immigrant uncovered in Rhode Island. William E. Walsh (1832-1907), a corporal in the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry, comments on Civil War battles (e.g., Fredericksburg), conditions in Libby Prison, prominent military figures (e.g., George A. Custer), treatment and performance of the Irish and other ethnic groups in the ranks, and life in the Union Army.
The Title Page to the original 1976 transcription of the Diary of Corporal William E. Walsh. (transcription revised 2006)
15-2_Walsh_Civil_War_Diary_transcript.doc (94 kB)
The 2007 Transcription of the Diary of Corporal William E. Walsh as a text file (includes no images).
WCW Diary originals.pdf (8664 kB)
The Diary of Corporal William E. Walsh original scans (contains no transcription).