Foote’s experience at Camp Oglethorpe
While at Camp Oglethorpe (mid May through late July 1864), Foote was often sickly with a fever and was nursing an infected eye. On June 4th he states that Camp Oglethorpe was better in conditions than Libby as well. A large number of Federal officers were brought in, some forty-plus, on June 14th; apparently all from the Army of the Potomac, no doubt part of the leadership command from Grant’s famed Overland Campaign referenced in his May 5th entry. Foote spent the Fourth of July with his fellow comrades, singing amongst a smuggled United States’ flag. During his stay at Camp Oglethorpe he records receiving war news on July 6th, 12th, 19th and the 22nd.