Twenty-two letters (December 30, 1861-September 16, 1862; April 1863) written by William Wilberforce Douglas to family members during his service in the Fifth Rhode Island Volunteers and in General Ambrose Burnside’s Expeditionary Corps in North Carolina. The letters, copied by his mother, Sarah Sawyer Douglas, from originals into a single bound journal, include references to his time at the battles of Roanoke Island, New Bern, and Fort Macon, the peoeple and his surroundings during his service, 1861-1863. Additionally, the journal includes excerpts of newspaper clippings accounting his exploits during the war from 1862, and several pages of notes from Lectures in Chemistry” by Professor G. J. Chase, written by Sarah Douglas, undated. 1 item.