Over the course of 2020, I'm drawing my new graphic novel, The CIVIL WAR DIARY of FREEMAN COLBY VOL. 3. This book details the adventures of several historical people, set deep in the action & events of 1864, in Washington D.C. & Virginia.
Below is an index of episodes (& resources) from this work-in-progress. I've arranged them by CHARACTER and DATE, although the actual sequence in the final book may be a bit different. Ultimately, this page will become an online TABLE OF CONTENTS for the finished book. Enjoy! ~ M
ALSO SEE: Vol. 1 + INDEX ➤ | Vol. 2 + INDEX ➤
May 2019: Getting Started on Vol. 3: "Draw, Don't Tell"
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Freeman Colby Vol. 3 SOURCES ➤
FREEMAN COLBY VOL. 3 (1864)
MAIN SECTIONS, BY CHARACTER & DATE:
SARAH LOW @ Washington D.C. (Jan 1864)
A young nurse from Dover, NH, Sarah Low writes detailed letters about the ravages of war & how the capital city is changing around her...
- 24 NOV. 1863: "My wits are frightened half away"
- 3 JAN. 1864: Ready for Inspection
- My #6
- 16 JAN. 1864: The Typhoid Patient
- Our Regular Occupations
- Ideal Soldier
- A Nightly Dinner Plate
- Sitting on the Floor, Drinking Tea
- A Visit to the Front
- Ambulance Ride
- Rough Quarters
- An Officer's Dance
- Meade Reviews the Troops
- A Sanitary Fair
- 29 FEB. 1864: Contraband Quarters
- Liberty & Lincoln
- A Visit to the White House
JONAS BACON @ Winter Camp (Jan-Feb 1864)
[SOURCE = Roe's 39th R.M.V. (p.137+)]
Freeman Colby's childhood friend Jonas is on active duty with the 39th Mass. along the Rapidan River, enduring another winter in camp, & looking ahead to what promises to be a busy campaign...
- New Year's Day, 1864 (More Picket Duty!)
- Armed Neutrality
+ Seven Deserters
- Winter Camp @ Mitchell's Station
- Special Duty
- The Y— Girls
- Of Deserters & Contrabands
- Boxes from Home & Delayed Thanksgiving
- Slaughter Mountain Church
- More Deserters
- Lt. Col. Peirson's Golden Pen Contest
FREEMAN COLBY @ Washington D.C. (Feb. 1864)
[Source Letters (January-June '64)]
At the dawn of 1864, Colby finds himself to teaching (& learning) while recuperating in D.C. Soon enough, though, he'll be called back to active duty, and the adventure of his life in Grant's "Overland Campaign"...
2 Feb. 1864:
- "My Dear Mother"
- Trying to Read the Bible
- "We proposed to hold an evening school"
- New Students
- Arithmetic Books
- A Tent for a School Room
- "Bettering them"
1 Apr 1864:
- Back to the Front?
Whitman spends early 1864 traveling near the front lines in Virginia, recording personal impressions & vital details in his notebook. By summer, he'll be back at work in the D.C. hospitals, but tough conditions push him closer to his mental breaking point...
- The Poet to the Front
- Musical Theatre (Starring: the 14th NY Regt!)
- Drum-Taps: "Bivouac on a Mountainside"
- Drum-Taps: "By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame"