Description: Sept. 24, 1861: At 33 years of age, A. D. Ballou enlisted in Company C of the 10th Reg't of Wisconsin Volunteers. He asked to serve in a hospital as a nurse, or somewhere suited to his tastes. Reflecting on his enlistment that day, he wrote, -It is a great step and I feel that my life is to change.- Indeed it did. With prior medical training, he started as a private and was promoted to a hospital steward (at times directed to be Acting Assistant Surgeon during battle). His diary covers the Battles of Tunnel Hill, Hoovers Gap, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge; winter at Chattaoga and Tyner's Station; Sherman's campaign to Atlanta (Peachtree Creek, Kennesaw Mountain and more). Maps (by Hal Jespersen), genealogy connections of those appearing in the diary, antations, and a comprehensive index have been added.
Written by Albert Darius Ballou, Hospital Steward for Wisconsin's 10th Reg't of Volunteers, HE SAID was edited and appended by Alice (Eames) Allan. She holds a B.A. in humanities from Colorado State University and is a g-great-granddaughter of A. D. Ballou. http: //www.aliceallan.com/