Osborn Oldroyd's "A Soldier's Story of the Siege of Vicksburg

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It's supposed to be from Oldroyd's diary, but some of it makes me suspect that he rewrote it with hindsight of experience. For example, in his entry on May 11, 1863, he wrote:

Having seen the four great Generals of this department, shall always feel honored that I was a a member of Force's 20th Ohio, Logan's Division, McPherson's Corps of Grant's Army. The expression upon the face of Grant was stern and care-worn, but determined. McPherson's was the most pleasant and courteous - a perfect gentleman and an officer that the 17th corps fairly worships. Sherman has a quicker and more dashing movement than some others, a long neck, rather sharp features, and altogether just such a man as might lead an army through the enemy's country.
Anyone else read Oldroyd and what do you think?
 

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It can be read online here: https://books.google.com/books?id=qKteqwb-dIIC&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q&f=false

I haven't read through much of his diary yet, but I had it bookmarked because he left a good account of the battle of Raymond, where his 20th Ohio duked it out with the 7th Texas Infantry.

It's supposed to be from Oldroyd's diary, but some of it makes me suspect that he rewrote it with hindsight of experience.
Think that was probably the case - based on a diary he actually kept but later edited/rewritten after the war.
 

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It's supposed to be from Oldroyd's diary, but some of it makes me suspect that he rewrote it with hindsight of experience. For example, in his entry on May 11, 1863, he wrote:



Anyone else read Oldroyd and what do you think?

I own the 2001 paperback reprint by Friends of Raymond. I do think there is post war "editing" by the author in his circa 1885 writing. The diary section is labelled "Personal Reminiscences." What edition do you own?
 



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