As an avid genealogist, John Beam of Spokane was thrilled to find the Civil War diary of his great great uncle, Simon String, tucked away and forgotten in a drawer. In this video, Beam reads a few passages from the diary, which was carried and handwritten by String through some of the most tumultuous battles of the war. It has been 150 years since the attack on Fort Sumter started the war between the states, the memory of which lives in the writings and letters of the Americans who lived through it.
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Tags: Civil War, History, Veteran