E. John Ellis diary, 1865 April-October (vol. 2)

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Creator:Ellis, Ezekiel John, 1840-1889
Title:E. John Ellis diary, 1865 April-October (vol. 2)

In volume two of Ezekiel John Ellis' diary (April-October 1865), Ellis documents his daily observations and experiences as a prisoner of war. He considers the justification for war, the defeat of the Confederate States, and the political environment after the war. During his imprisonment, he read a great deal, and his entries exhibit an extensive knowledge of history and an appreciation of poetry. He also describes his trip back to Louisiana after his release. Page 1-57 are his diary of April-July 1865; pages 58-67 contain an incomplete work of fiction (Oct. 19, 1865) concerning a Louisiana planter at the onset of the Civil War; pages 200-217 contain speeches about secession made after the war; and pages 237-238 consist of poems "The Contraband" and "The Young Volunteer," which are identifiably by soldiers. Includes transcript of diary entries (C:97, box 1, folder 1).

Subjects:Ellis, Ezekiel John, 1840-1889 | Johnson Island Prison | Prisoners of war--Ohio | Plantation owners--Louisiana--Fiction | Secession--Southern States | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons | United States--Politics and government--1865-1869 | military, prisoner of war | writing, literature, and reading
Collection:Civil War: Context & Conflict
Institution:LSU Libraries Special Collections
Contributors:LSU Libraries. Special Collections
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E. John Ellis Diary, Mss. 2795


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E. John Ellis Diary, Mss. 2795, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

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