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Levi C. Worster diaries
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
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[Identification of item], Levi C. Worster diaries, 1863-1864, 1VF87M18, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
Soldier. Levi Worster was born on March 21, 1841 in Grant County, Kentucky. He volunteered for service, Company G, 7th Regiment of the Kentucky Cavalry and served from July 10, 1862-July 10th, 1865. His duties as a corporal included picket, scouting, building and protecting camps and fighting rebel soldiers.
In his two diaries, Levi Worster provides an eye witnesses account of life as a Union soldier. Daily entries describe ordinary events such as eating meals, bathing in creeks, sleeping, receiving monthly wages, visiting towns, and moving camp throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Kentucky locations included Camp Rogers, Richmond, Duck River and Lexington. In Tennessee they camped at Nashville, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Lafayette and Chickamauga. Descriptions include vivid accounts of fighting, harsh weather endured and details of the wounded and infirm. Other entries include skirmishes and battles, the most notable being the battle at Chickamauga and at Stone River (Murfreesboro), Tennessee. Much correspondence was exchanged in the course of the diaries and Worster recorded a running tally of it at the end of the 1863 diary.