I-want-to-go-home-so-bad. These forlorn words, expressing such homesickness, appear lengthwise within the right margin on the last page of Wilbur Wightman Gramling's pocket diary, a day-by-day journal of his experiences while imprisoned at Elmira Prisoner-of-War (POW) Camp in New York during the Civil War. Struck by a minie ball in the right arm and captured at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864, Gramling, a private in Florida's 5th Infantry, spent eleven months at Elmira Prison. The journal he faithfully kept throughout his imprisonment is the only known existing document of this type written by a Florida soldier.1
Saunders, Jr., Robert
"A Flower at Elmira: The Prisoner of War Diary of Wilbur Wightman Gramling,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 94:
3, Article 9.
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