Other writings by or about the Websters –
Isaac Newton Webster, a private in the Union Army during the Civil War, recorded his experiences campaigning in the Shenandoah Valley and in winter camp during the siege of Petersburg in a pair of leather-bound diaries. These diaries survived and have been scanned and posted here, along with an interpretation of the barely legible handwriting and an account of the historical context.
In Daniel Webster’s Year Abroad, John C. Webster, a scientist from San Diego, wins a fellowship to a research lab in England and takes his family, including five boys aged 1 – 11 (Daniel is the one-year-old), for a year-long European adventure in 1959 – and found the time to write an amusing travelogue about their journey.
These boys grew up in Pacific Beach and witnessed a period of transition during which surroundings which had seemed timeless and indestructible, notably the massive reinforced concrete barracks of the military academy across the street, were abandoned and demolished. Originally Pacific Beach is a look back at that earlier heritage of this San Diego community.
John C. also traveled, without his family but with an interesting character named Fred, in his job evaluating systems aboard navy ships. He wrote about these adventures in another travelogue that he called Around the World in 80 Ways.