Although the Civil War Diary of John A. Blair does not shed new light on the cataclysmic events of the war, it, however, contributes a picture emanating from scenes of troubled times in the life and times in the United States.
The diary reflects impressions felt by this Southern officer in his 30th year, of actions in an area and in a period upon which the eyes of the world were focused, and which historians have long attempted to understand. His viewpoints are those of a patriotic Southern soldier who saw righteousness in the cause of the Confederacy and shared a determination that they must succeed. It was recorded for his own satisfaction. The man emerges in the expression of a sense of humor, the emotions from fear and despair felt by a soldier, and the happiness experienced when at home on leave and while visiting in the home of his fiancee. Some of the hardships endured by all the soldiers are revealed.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Frank Driver Reeve
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Civil War, John A. Blair, Confederacy, Civil War Diary
Blair, John Alan. "The Civil War Diary of John A. Blair." (1949). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hist_etds/108