Re: Steel pens - Byfield
>From: Raymond Hobbs (snip) But how many 'enlisted men' could read or write?Jim adds: Shadrach Byfield was illiterate. His memoirs were, like several of
> [snip] >Enlisted men whose diaries we have - Hanks, Byfield - were
>probably taught to read and write later in life. Certainly their 'memoirs'
>were written long after the war.
the Riflemen Roger Fuller listed, dictated decades after the War to a member
of the local gentry who evidently found Byfield's tales exotic &
interesting... although it is amazing how the details of Byfield's account
check out with other primary sources. He evidently had a fine memory.
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