Items in Indiana Magazine of History
Full Citation: James Comfort Patten, “An Indiana Doctor Marches with Sherman: The Diary of James Comfort Patten,” ed. Robert G. Athearn, Indiana Magazine of History 49, no. 4 (December 1953): 405-422.
Home: Gibson County (Princeton)
Regiment: 58th Indiana Volunteer Infantry
Abstract: Patten (1826-1903) served as surgeon to the 58th between July 4 and December 31, 1864, while the regiment was involved in taking and occupying Atlanta. He writes mostly of his strong feelings about the necessity of a Northern draft and his observations of occupied Atlanta (particularly hungry women and children). He was mustered out in Savannah on Dec. 31, 1864.
- Sample Text:
- “I hope some men I could name may have to come out [enlist]. I want to see them with a gun on their shoulder…I wonder how they will stand fire. I would very much like to see them tried.” (Atlanta, Sept. 5, 1864, p. 409)
- “A good many women came in as usual to trade for something to eat. Some of them bring in beans, some chinkapins [chesnuts] and muscadines [grapes], while some I have reason to believe resort to more questionable means of obtaining the desired food. But who can blame them, when their children are starving.” (Atlanta, Sept. 26, 1864, p. 413)
- LC Subject Headings:
- United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 58th (1861-1865)
- Atlanta Campaign, 1864
- Savannah (Ga.) History Siege, 1864