“Lights Out! The shadows fall.
Across the silent camping ground Rings out the bugle call;
in mournful cadence on the breeze, soft, in the waning light
Tis echoed through the whispering trees, The soldiers last good night.
Lights Out! Good night!”
Dawson, Ga. July, 4, 1897 W.K. Pilsbury
William K. Pilsbury was a native of South Carolina who moved to Georgia. He was a descendant of the Mouzon Huguenot family and a relative of General Francis Marion. He served in the Griffin Light Guards, Fifth Georgia Regiment in the Confederate Army of Tennessee from 1861 to 1865. He fought in the Battle of Chickamauga and was wounded in service. He later became a newspaper correspondent for several newspapers including the Atlanta Journal and the Macon Telegraph.
Ms. Cathy Hicks allowed the Bandy Heritage Center to digitally preserve the diary of William K. Pilsbury. Sometime after the Civil War, Pilsbury began compiling a diary about his life and surroundings. He used a textbook and pasted various articles, images, letters, and handwritten notes inside. The inserts included information on William Pilsbury’s time in the service, sermons, images of churches, and some information on other family members along with letters from his acquaintances and miscellaneous articles of varying topics. Throughout the book, he penciled in comments on certain articles, his experience in the Confederate military, his childhood memories, and even included a poem he wrote about his experience in the Battle of Chickamauga.