Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman’s New Years Wish

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Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman’s entry for January 1, 1864: "How are you New Year?  I do hope I may be spared to the next, and that we may eat our New Year’s dinner with Peace about us!"

I recently purchased Meade’s Army: The Private Notebooks of Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman, which is edited by David W. Lowe.  Many of you are no doubt aware of his letters, but I have to say that this is one of the most interesting diaries that I’ve come across in recent years.  Lyman’s descriptions of fellow officers and of the battlefield are incredibly rich.  The books is part of Lesley Gordon’s edited series for the Kent State University Press.  It is well worth the steep price tag of $45.

Happy New Year!

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  1. And a Happy New Year to you too.

    (I’m rather taken by Lyman’s wish, and might remember it for next year)

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