Henry O. Gusley was a Union enlisted man who kept a diary of his experiences as part of the Marine contingent on board the steamships USS Westfield and USS Clifton from May 1862 through September 1863. His notebook fell into Confederate hands when Gusley and hundreds of others surrendered after the humiliating Federal defeat at Sabine Pass. The Galveston Tri-Weekly News began printing passages from Gusley’s diary in serial form, and these entries became popular reading among Confederate Texans. Ironically, Gusley himself wrote to the paper from Camp Groce, the Confederate prison camp near Hempstead, to request copies of his diary.
Waite, Charles V. Review of The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine: The Illustrated Note-book of Henry O. Gusley. Southwestern Historical Quarterly 110, no. 4 (2007): 560-561. doi:10.1353/swh.2007.0056.
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