The Union must stand : the Civil War diary of John Quincy Adams Campbell, Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry /
edited by Mark Grimsley and Todd D. Miller.
1st ed.
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2000.
xxiii, 267 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
1572330694 (alk. paper)
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Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, c2000.
1572330694 (alk. paper)
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Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter buckling on the harness of war: sojourn in Missouri, July 9, 1861-January 30, 1862 -- "Our turn to send compliments": the Island no. 10 Campaign, January 31-April 16, 1862 -- "Upholding Uncle Sam's authority": the siege of Corinth and after, April 17-September 17, 1862 -- "Nobly the boys stood up to the work": fighting in Mississippi, September 18, 1862-March 1, 1863 -- "Glorious victory": the Vicksburg Campaign, March 2-July 12, 1863 -- "The hand of God is in this": Vicksburg to Chattanooga, July 13-December 2, 1863 -- "What can't be cured, must be endured": in garrison and on furlough, December 3, 1863-May 13, 1864 -- Yankee vandals and Rebel guerrillas: guarding Sherman's rear, May 14-September 14, 1864 -- "There is hope yet for America": final
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-258) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mark Grimsley is an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University Todd D. Miller is a history teacher and an independent researcher for Time-Life Books' Civil War series. He lives in Ashland, Ohio
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-10-01:
Campbell's diary and letters confirm and add a fresh dimension to James McPherson's argument that ideology and conviction as much as duty motivated Civil War combatants. No less than his comrades, Campbell linked personal rectitude to courage under fire. Yet Campbell clearly and consistently maintained that he fought for other, higher purposes: to end "that blighting curse--slavery," preserve the Union, and secure the republican government on which it was founded. Both in length and substance, his diary entries reflect the tedium of camp life and the terror and exhilaration of combat. They are nevertheless observant, sometimes droll, and often thoughtful. Campbell also reflects and operates within the widely accepted antebellum stereotypes of race and southern society. His diary and letters portray a man who is politically committed, intellectually reflective, and sensitive to the waste of war. He is also judgmental, morally stiff-necked and self-righteous. The editors have provided introductions to each chapter that set the historical background for Campbell's observations, and maps distributed widely throughout offer additional context and add clarity. A noteworthy contribution to the history and historiography of the Civil War experience. All levels. ; Purdue University
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Publisher Fact Sheet
Voices of the Civil War Series. Chronicles the experiences of an articulate newspaperman & devoted Unionist who received a field commission during the Civil War.
Main Description
Only rarely does a Civil War diarist combine detailed observations of events with an intelligent understanding of their significance. John Campbell, a newspaperman before the war, left such a legacy. A politically aware Union soldier with strong moral and abolitionist beliefs, Campbell recorded not only his own reflections on wartime matters but also those of his comrades and the southerners-soldiers, civilians, and slaves-that he encountered. Campbell served in the Fifth Iowa Volunteer Infantry from 1861 to 1864. He participated in the war's major theaters and saw early action at Island No. 10, Iuka, and Corinth. His diary is especially valuable because he viewed the war as both a field-commissioned officer able to make intelligent comments about combat and as a former enlisted man with a feel for the soldier's life. He was present during Grant's campaign at Vicksburg and depicted the bloody failure of the May 22 storming of Confederate fortifications in unsparing terms; he then went on to fight at Chattanooga and took Gen. William T. Sherman to task for his poor leadership at Missionary Ridge. The Union Must Stand contains more than Campbell's journal. Editors Mark Grimsley and Todd Miller have written an introduction that provides background information and places the diary in the context of current debate over the ideological commitments of Civil War soldiers. An appendix reproduces fifteen of Campbell's letters to his hometown newspaper, in which he shared his impressions of both war and slavery. With its unique point of view, valuable insights into the conduct of various campaigns, and some of the most vivid depictions of Civil War combat ever set to paper, Campbell's diary offers both a wealth of new primary material for historians and exciting reading for enthusiasts. Combining a journalist's accuracy with a zealot's idealism, it makes a forceful statement about why one man went to war. The Editors: Mark Grimsley is an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University and the author of The Hard Hand of War: Union Military Policy Toward Southern Civilians, 1861-1865. Todd D. Miller is a history teacher and an independent researcher for Time-Life Books' Civil War series. He lives in Ashland, Ohio.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Buckling on the Harness of War: Sojourn in Missouri, July 9, 1861-January 30, 1862p. 1
"Our Turn to Send Compliments": The Island No. 10 Campaign, January 31-April 16, 1862p. 23
"Upholding Uncle Sam's Authority": The Siege of Corinth and After, April 17-September 17, 1862p. 38
"Nobly the Boys Stood Up to the Work": Fighting in Mississippi, September 18, 1862-March 1, 1863p. 56
"Glorious Victory": The Vicksburg Campaign, March 2-July 12, 1863p. 80
"The Hand of God Is in This": Vicksburg to Chattanooga, July 13-December 2, 1863p. 112
"What Can't Be Cured, Must Be Endured": In Garrison and on Furlough, December 3, 1863-May 13, 1864p. 141
Yankee Vandals and Rebel Guerrillas: Guarding Sherman's Rear, May 14-September 14, 1864p. 160
"There Is Hope Yet for America": Final Days in Service, September 15-November 24, 1864p. 181
Letters to the Ripley Bee, 1861-1864p. 197
Notesp. 231
Indexp. 259
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