Absalom Dicken was a Confederate soldier from Campbell County, Kentucky. During the war he kept a diary. He wrote about battles, the weather, and daily life as a soldier. The diary is bound in leather and fastens with a leather strap.
A drawing from the diary shows a man holding a letter. The letter reads, “Dear Dick I love you.” The man is saying, “I am in a deal of [trouble] my gal has written to me.” Beneath the drawing is handwritten, “Dick wants a furlough for he thinks that its time, that all men ought to be at home attending to there own familie(s) for other men are doing to (o) much.”
This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.