“Every other person you meet has a pistol in his hand”

David Homer Bates (1843–1926). November 1863–June 1865 diary, December 26, 1864 entry. Alfred Whital Stern Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress

Monday, Dec. 26, 1864
This morning was ushered in with a booming of cannon, 300 having been fired in honor of the capture of Savannah. Fireworks have been going off all day. Every other person you meet has a pistol in his hand with which he occasionally fires a salute.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.