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''Life Is Uncertain...'' Willard Hall Mendenhall's 1862 Civil War Diary
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Title''Life Is Uncertain...'' Willard Hall Mendenhall's 1862 Civil War Diary
AbstractWillard Hall Mendenhall began his diary on January 1, 1862 and maintained it into 1864 writing over 780 entries in four diaries. He lived a short distance from Lexington, Missouri in Layafette County. "Mendenhall's writings provide a revealing account of the ravages of civil war upon the population in west central Missouri. Regardless of allegiances to the Union or the Confederacy, Lafayette Countians and their neighbors faced harrassment, confiscation, looting, burning and killing throughout the traumatic war years." Diary passages were chosen for the article that showed the hardships and sufferings encountered in 1862 by Mendenhall and other Lafayette Countians.
NotesWillard Mendenhall was born January 6, 1832 in Wilmington, Delaware. He came to Lexington, Missouri in 1852. He wanted to remain loyal to the Union, but did believe in slavery although he owned no slaves. He choose not to fight in the Civil War. The second part of the article appears in V. 79, No. 1, October, 1984, p. 65-88.
AuthorJames W. Goodrich
Margaret Frazier
DateJuly 1, 1984
SourceMissouri Historical Review
Local SubjectLafayette County, Missouri
Lexington, Missouri
Border Warfare
Civil War
Mendenhall, Willard H.
Item TypeMagazine Article
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Item ID215360
CONTENTdm number20937
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