Bluegrass Confederate : the headquarters diary of Edward O. Guerrant /
edited by William C. Davis and Meredith L. Swentor.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1999.
x, 716 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0807124117 (cl. : alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1999.
0807124117 (cl. : alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-05-01:
Detailing the Civil War experiences of a well-educated young staff officer from Kentucky, this journal is a valuable new addition to Southern history. What sets Guerrant's diary apart from others of the genre are his wonderfully descriptive and intelligent observations of virtually everything he experienced as he became inured to the harsh realities of a brutal conflict. He spent most of the war campaigning with Confederate cavalry in the side-show areas of eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, and east Tennessee, attached to the commands of generals Humphrey Marshall, William Preston, George Cosby, and John Hunt Morgan. Readers learn about strong Unionist sentiment in Kentucky, bushwhacking, the customs and culture of Southern mountain folk, Guerrant's disillusionment with his hero Morgan, the multiple shocks of losing two brothers and several close friends in the war, and desperate mountain fighting without adequate supplies in the dead of winter against impossible odds. His description of an overland trip from Abingdon, Virginia, through the Deep South to Mobile, Alabama, is unforgettable. Guerrant was at Saltville, Virginia, in 1864 when black soldiers were massacred. Well edited by independent scholars Davis and Swentor. Highly recommended. All levels. E. M. Thomas; Gordon College
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Off to the Warp. 14
A Rude Awakeningp. 39
War at Lastp. 70
Friends and Rumorsp. 97
Waiting and Watching from Afarp. 116
Kentucky at Lastp. 141
Alarms and Frustrationsp. 173
A Winter of Discontentp. 194
Kentucky Again?p. 214
A Change of Seasonp. 232
Off to Richmondp. 258
Westward Ho!p. 278
Living in a Cagep. 300
Another Campaign at Lastp. 319
The East Tennessee Campaignp. 340
The Battle of Big Creekp. 364
Taking Leavep. 377
Hungry and Waiting in East Tennesseep. 392
Marching Back to Virginiap. 401
The Spring Campaigns Beginp. 417
"Good If True!"p. 440
The Battles at Mt. Sterling and Cynthianap. 460
The Hot Summer Doldrumsp. 495
The End of John Hunt Morganp. 510
Holding on in Tennesseep. 524
The Battle of Saltville, Virginiap. 531
Preparing for an Unknown Fall Campaignp. 550
Into the Valleyp. 556
Hurry Up and Wait!p. 572
Marching Out of the Valleyp. 588
Defending Saltville Again and the Battle of Marion, Virginiap. 599
Christmas 1864p. 616
A New Year and a Welcome Furloughp. 622
Back to the Brigadep. 637
Mounting Tension and Disillusionmentp. 646
Merciless Conscriptionp. 656
The Beginning of the Endp. 665
"It Is Finished"p. 674
Epilogue: From the "History"p. 685
Selected Additional Correspondencep. 691
Indexp. 701
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