By S. F. Fleharty
Jottings from Dixie is a quantity of all fifty-five letters Sgt. Maj. Stephen F. Fleharty wrote to newspaper editors in Illinois, which he authored his personal column within the newspaper titled 'Jottings from Dixie.' The letters chronicle the heritage of his regiment, 102d Illinois Infantry, which originated in Knoxville, Illinois to it really is participation within the fall of Atlanta, his evaluations on politics, slavery, and southerners, and his personal trials and tribulations in camp, at the march, and in conflict.
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But the president's responsibility in the conflict extended no further than the restoration of the Union with as little loss in blood and money as possible. If the "Ultra men" of the North found it impossible to reunite with a South that tolerated slavery, they should have rejoiced at secession. If they now felt it their duty to abolish slavery by force, then John Brown had not been wrong when he had attempted the same thing. " If the government attempted to restore the Union on any but this constitutional basis it was being false to its promises, not only to Union men in the South, but to the whole world.
Oh! " he wrote to his brother. "16 When his friend Sgt. Maj. Jacob H. Snyder was promoted to adjutant in March 1863, Fleharty became the regiment's new sergeant major. In that position he was primarily responsible for assisting the adjutant in the performance of his duties. ) required of them each day. In the absence of a principal musician, the sergeant major trained the company musicians. He kept time at headquarters and saw to it that the musician detailed for the purpose sounded the calls at the proper time.
Glass; Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. (Springfield, 1901), VII, 129; hereinafter cited as Adj. Gen. Rep. Page 9 The distractions of military duty, the pleasant excursions into the southern countryside, and the care he felt for his loved ones at home did not interfere with Fleharty's (or any other soldier's) desire or ability to keep up with news from Illinois. Union military setbacks in the spring and summer of 1862 and Lincoln's newly announced emancipation policy had created political tensions throughout the North.
Jottings from Dixie: The Civil War Dispatches of Sergeant Major Stephen F. Fleharty, U.S.A. by S. F. Fleharty