My relative is my great grandfather Edward Wesley Fortune who actually enlisted in the 32nd Mo Infantry which merged with the 31st after the taking of Atlanta. The two regiments histories parallel each other as they serve together in the same campaigns pretty much until they merge. Two officers diaries from the 32nd contribute quite a bit to Gary Scheel's book. The 32nd includes many Missourians from Dent and Phelps counties. My great grandfather served from his enlistment to Vicksburg, Atlanta, Savannah, the Carolinas, all the way through the end of the war and Grand March in Washington D.C. and mustering out in Louisville. He actively soldiered except for the time he was in the hospital or when he went home for "sick" furlough. I have his Civil War diary. It is very terse. Mostly just dated entries about where he was but there are some slightly descriptive entries.
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