Diaries and journals are notoriously difficult to read because they include unpredictable day-to-day entries. To make Journals of War easier to navigate, the Table of Contents summarizes each section. These bulleted summaries appear before each section in the book as well. Moreover, many names are mentioned throughout the journals, which might be confusing to the reader. To help keep track of all the people, relationship and military charts were included at the front of the book. Finally, the appendices contain a number of interesting items that might appeal to the reader. For example, pictures, maps, and a glossary of terms all contribute to the compelling story of E. J. McCully.