Tom Taylor's Civil War /
[compiled by] Albert Castel.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2000.
xv, 256 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
0700610499 (alk. paper)
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series title
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2000.
0700610499 (alk. paper)
general note
Comprises Taylor's diaries and letters to and from his wife, Margaret Taylor.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Albert Castel is widely recognized as one of our most respected historians of the Civil War
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Main Description
Our hurly-burly sagas of war often overlook the deep connections between warriors and the families they left behind. In Tom Taylors Civil War, eminent Civil War historian Albert Castel brings that familial connection back into sharp focus, reminding us again that soldiers in the field are much more than mere cogs in the machinery of war. A young Ohio lawyer, Thomas Taylor was a junior officer who fought under Sherman at Vicksburg and Chattanooga and on the march through Georgia, and his diary and letters contain vivid descriptions of numerous skirmishes and battles over four years. By interweaving Taylors words with his own narrative, Albert Castel has fashioned a work on the Civil War as engrossing as a novel; by also including letters from Taylors wife, he has created a whole new dimension for viewing that conflict. Often written under adverse conditions, Taylors descriptions of military encounters are filled with vivid details and perceptive observations. His passages especially provide new insight into the Georgia campaign-including accounts of the Battles of Atlanta and Ezra Church-and into the role of middle-echelon officers in both camp and combat. Castels bridging narrative is equally dramatic, providing an overview of the fighting that gives readers invaluable context for Taylors eyewitness reports. The book chronicles not only Taylors military career but also the strains it placed on his marriage. Taylor had gone off to war both to fight for his Unionist beliefs and to enhance his reputation in his community, while his wife, Netta, was a peace Democrat whose letters constantly urged Tom to return home. Their epistolary conversation-rare among Civil War sources-reflects a relationship that was as politically charged as it was passionate. Taylors passages also reveal his changing attitudes: from favoring strong measures against the rebels at the beginning of the war to eventually deploring the destruction he witnessed in Georgia. Tom Taylors Civil War is a moving account of one man whose life was ripped apart by war and of the woman back home who remained his anchor through it all. Combining the best features of biography and autobiography, it paints a compelling picture of that conflict that will stir the heart as much as the imagination.
Unpaid Annotation
Thomas Taylor was a junior officer who fought under Sherman at Vicksburg and Chattanooga and on the march through Georgia. Piecing together vivid descriptions of the various skirmishes from his diaries and letters, Castel has created a work on the Civil War as engrossing as any novel. 15 photos. 4 maps.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Renowned Civil War historian Al Castel's moving portrait of a lawyer who fought for the Union in the Georgia campaign, drawing upon the letters & diary of this young soldier--and the letters of his wife who awaited his return with their family at home in Ohio.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue: The Heavy Tramp of Thousands April-August 1861p. 1
I Want to Distinguish Myself September-December 1861p. 14
What Have I Accomplished? January-December 1862p. 29
The Almighty Will Preserve Me January-July 1863p. 52
We Will Achieve Mighty Victories July-November 1863p. 73
I Have Calculated, Worked and Talked November 1863-March 1864p. 93
Once More Into the Breach March 26-June 5, 1864p. 107
Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem June 6-July 9, 1864p. 126
Hell, Stranger, This Is No Place for Me to Halt! July 9-22, 1864p. 139
We Had Another Big Fight July 23-30, 1864p. 151
I Am an American Slave! July 31-August 25, 1864p. 160
The Enemy Charged Upon Our Lines August 26-September 8, 1864p. 174
I'm One Big Halo September 8-November 9, 1864p. 185
A Scene of Destruction and Woe November 10-December 13, 1864p. 194
A Brigadier General or Dead December 15, 1864-August 30, 1865p. 206
Epilogue: Section 1, Lot 19p. 228
Notesp. 235
Indexp. 251
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