A Pennsylvania Quaker in Andersonville: The Diary of Charles Smedley

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Charles Smedley joined the 90th Pennsylvania on May 19, 1862. This young soldier did not have to serve. He was a Quaker, and a member of the New Britain Friends Meeting in Lancaster, PA. Smedly could have joined a medical unit and served as a conscientious objector. He chose to join the army as a private soldier in a combat unit. In doing this, Smedley risked being disowned by both his family or the Friends disowned him. On the first day of the Battle of the Wilderness in May, 1864, Smedley, now a Corporal, was captured and imprisoned at Andersonville. He was then moved to the prison in Florence, South Carolina, as Sherman's armies were advancing to the coast. Smedley died in the camp in Florence on November 16, 1864. The remark next to his name on the final muster roll of Company "g" read, "An exemplary soldier." - from back cover.

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