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Echoes of Chickamauga: A soldier's diary sheds light on the changing course of the Civil War

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Thomas C. Davis’ Civil War diary tells of his time as a Union soldier. Times Free Press photo Thomas C. Davis’ Civil War diary tells of his time as a Union soldier. Times Free Press photo

CHICKAMAUGA, GA — By late summer 1863, Thomas C. Davis, a lieutenant in the Union's 38th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, had already spent months engaging Confederate forces and marching through a soggy Middle Tennessee into Alabama and Georgia.

Davis, a 30-year-old Pennsylvania native, didn't know that his destiny awaited him in a stand of timber south of a home that today is called Brotherton Cabin.

Officially, he was listed as "missing in action."

But a diary kept by Davis and a historical account of the 38th Illinois by Maryland historian David Sergeant reveal what really happened to him. Experts say the diary also reflects the larger experience of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Chickamauga, the changing course of the war and worsening relations between the two sides as the advantage shifted to the Union.

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