Thiselton took part in several
Virginia campaigns

In fact, the preceding quote is the only reference to national politics. Never does Thiselton express any feelings over what he was experiencing, nor does he write of his friends' exploits–two things the modern reader might associate with journal-writing. This may be a result of writing the journal after the fact (much of the phrasing is past tense), and either editing out the juicy bits during the copying-over process or choosing not to include them during the initial writing.

Despite the lack of subjectivity, a clear picture of military life emerges: countless countermanded orders; a lack of rations, pay and medical care; long marches in sweltering heat; days spent lying prone in the mud as bullets rained overhead and freezing nights on the decks of ice-bound transports.

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