A Guide to the B. C. Goodner Diary, 1864
Blooming Cruse Goodner (1844-1923) was born in Alabama and volunteered in the Confederate States of America Army, Company F, 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, in 1861. Organized at Fort Heiman, Tennessee, this infantry formed part of the Army of Tennessee. Colonel John Bell Hood of the Fourth Texas Infantry transferred to the Army of Tennessee, which he led through the Atlanta Campaign, from Atlanta to Nashville, and eventually to Columbia, Texas.
Goodner served with this unit in multiple battles, including the Atlanta Campaign. Following the end of the Civil War he returned to Alabama. One year later he married Lizzie Russey, with whom he had nine children. In 1872, Goodner moved to Texas, settling in Clay County before moving in 1908 to Quanah, where he died.
Sources: James D. Taylor, "Diary of Blooming Cruse Goodner." http://www.datasync.com/~jtaylor/gdnerd1.htm (accessed July 14, 2010).
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Hood, John Bell," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho49.html (accessed July 14, 2010).
The B. C. Diary, 1864, relates to movements of the Confederate Army under John Bell Hood from Atlanta, Georgia, to Nashville, Tennessee, and then to Columbia, Texas. The diary is mainly comprised of one factual statement per day.
B. C. Goodner Diary, 1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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