The Civil War reminiscences of Major Silas T. Grisamore, C.S.A. /
edited with an introduction by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1993.
xviii, 227 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0807118176 (alk. paper) :
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1993.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-216) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-11:
The Civil War produced few memoirs from soldiers who had served as quartermasters. This book includes the postwar reminiscences of quartermaster Major Silas T. Grisamore, who spent the war in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Grisamore's reminiscences were first published in 1867 in the Weekly Thibodaux Sentinel. For this edition, editor Bergeron supplements Grisamore's memoirs with his prewar diary and other manuscripts. For most Civil War enthusiasts Grisamore's reminiscences are far too narrow. The actions he recounts took place almost exclusively in Louisiana, and the two battles he details (Labadieville and Bisland) are too obscure for all but the most knowledgeable of Civil War buffs to know. Grisamore's reminiscences do have interesting instances, e.g., his difficulty in paying Confederate troops because the denomination of the bills he was carrying were too large to cash, and the day-to-day activities of finding enough forage, wagons, and food. Clearly Bergeron's work is a contribution to Civil War scholarship. However, its limited focus makes it important only to a handful of Civil War experts. Research libraries collecting primary accounts should add this. Those with more limited budgets can safely ignore it. E. K. Eckert; St. Bonaventure University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-03-29:
In 1846, Silas T. Grisamore (1825-1897) left Indiana for Louisiana, where he established himself as a successful retail merchant. When the Civil War erupted, he joined a Confederate volunteer company and, because of his business experience, quickly rose from the ranks of the infantry to a series of posts as a field quartermaster. His reminiscences, published in installments in the Weekly Thibodaux (La.) Sentinel between 1867 and 1871, benefit from Bergeron's ( Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units ) thorough organization. Contributing significantly to a growing body of literature on the Civil War's western theater, Grisamore's writing highlights the Confederacy's mounting administrative problems. Railway networks were thin, and scarce accommodations kept troops constantly on the move. This account of the difficulties involved in transporting food and fodder from supply depots to nosebags and haversacks provides a rare view of daily life on the Civil War battlefields. History Book Club selection. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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