"A Rough Introduction to This Sunny Land"


The Civil War Diary of Private Henry A. Strong, Co. K, Twelfth Kansas Infantry
Edited by Tom Wing
978-1-935106-28-9 (paper)
January 2006


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This reissue of Henry Strong’s diary will be a valuable asset to all who study the Civil War. It provides a view of the war from the perspective of a common soldier who witnessed many of the key events in the western part of Arkansas. From seeing the suffering of the civilian population to participating in Frederick Steele’s doomed Camden Expedition, this young Kansan kept a meticulous record of daily events.

Tom Wing is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith and executive director of the Drennen-Scott Historic Site, a nationally significant property that will be used as a training center for history students and as a public museum. Wing was instrumental in helping to secure the U.S. Marshals Museum for Fort Smith. He lives in Cedarville, Arkansas.

Distributed for the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies