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The Civil War was the first American battle where most of those involved in it could read and write, and many wrote about their experiences. W. Scott Keith (b. 1844), a native of Greenfield, Massachusetts, served as Sergeant in the Mass. 52nd Regiment. During the Port Hudson campaign in the spring of 1863, Scott became ill with dysentery and was twice put in the hospital. While recovering at a Union camp in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, he and other soldiers considered unfit for duty stopped a Confederate raid on June 28, 1863.