The Civil War memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour : reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger /
edited, with an introduction by Terry L. Jones.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1991.
162 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
0807116467 (alk. paper) :
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [153]-155) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-07:
Seymour, a New Orleans newspaper editor, served as an aide to Brigadier General Harry T. Hays, commander of the 1st Louisiana Brigade of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, from early 1863 to late 1864. Seymour's staff officer perspective provides glimpses of the Con federate command system, scenes of camp life, and key battles in the East. He writes with the journalist's eye for detail albeit also with a matter-of-fact tone. His account of the battle at Fort Jackson below New Orleans is the only known Confederate first-person account of this bat tle. Astutely edited and copiously explicated, Seymour's memoirs, based on his private contemporary journal, are a key primary source for scholars and buffs alike. For research and specialized libraries.-- Thomas E. Schott, Office of History, 17th Air Force, Sembach, Germany
Appeared in Choice on 1992-01:
William J. Seymour, publisher of the New Orleans Commercial Bulletin, was a volunteer aide to Louisiana general Johnson Kelly Duncan. They served in Fort Jackson, 75 miles south of the city on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Jackson and Fort St. Philip, across the river, were old; their brick casemates could not stop Union Captain David Farragut's fleet from capturing New Orleans in April, 1862. Seymour's memoirs of this campaign constitute the first quarter of the book. Editor Terry L. Jones reveals that parts of Seymour's account are "almost verbatim from General Duncan's official report," published in the Official Records, but argues persuasively that Duncan most likely copied from Seymour's memoirs. Most of the book consists of Seymour's memoirs as a volunteer aide to Harry T. Hays, commander of the 1st Louisiana Brigade. Seymour recounts eastern battles from Chancellorsville (May 1863) through Cedar Creek (19 October 1864). Jones's notes amplify Seymour's memoirs, identify people, or correct casualty estimates. The work complements Jones's Lee's Tigers (CH, Nov'87). Libraries with large Civil War collections will find Seymour's memoirs a worthwhile acquisition; those with constricted budgets can overlook them.-E. K. Eckert, St. Bonaventure University
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