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Long-lost Civil War diary returned to Tennessee

August 22nd, 2014 1:37 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Long-lost Civil War diary returned to Tennessee

NASHVILLE — A Civil War diary kept by a onetime mayor of Nashville, Randal McGavock, has been returned to Tennessee 152 years after it was found by a Union captain when Fort Henry was captured from Confederate forces.

The diary was found in Cincinnati by retired teacher Andrea Shearn while helping her parents move into an assisted living facility. Both she and her parents had been unaware that her grandmother had placed the diary in a wooden box on a shelf in 1963.

Shearn's research determined that an ancestor had found the diary and his descendants passed the diary down through the family for the next 100 years before it was forgotten. Shearn flew to Nashville to donate the volume to the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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