Holding the line : the Third Tennessee Infantry, 1861-1864 /
by Flavel C. Barber ; edited by Robert H. Ferrell.
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c1994.
viii, 281 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
0873385047 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c1994.
0873385047 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-275) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-03:
Editor Ferrell (Indiana Univ.) here presents an unusual combination--a Confederate soldier's diary appended to the soldier's memoir, written while a prisoner of war in 1862. This published version of the original manuscripts begins with the siege of Fort Donelson in early 1862, when the author was captured. The boredom of prison life led him to record his memories of the Donelson campaign and his impressions of prison life at Camp Chase and Johnson's Island. After he was exchanged and resumed his duties in the Third Tennessee Infantry, Barber kept a diary in which he recorded his observations about some crucial events of the war. Especially useful are his remarks about the battle of Chickasaw Bayou (Vicksburg campaign), in which his regiment played an important role. Barber's diary entries stopped in May 1864, just before he was mortally wounded at the battle of Resaca (Atlanta campaign). The introduction provides a biographical sketch of the author and brings the story up to the Donelson campaign, the starting point of the memoir. An appendix provides a full regimental roster with added details about most of the men. Photographs, maps, endnotes, bibliography, index. General and academic readers at any level. R. G. Lowe; University of North Texas
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FLAVEL C. BARBER's memoir of his service with the Third Tennessee provides a rare contemporary history of a Confederate regiment. Major Barber's imprisonment after the surrender of Fort Donelson spurred him to take pen in hand. What began as a way to "while away the tedious hours of imprisonment" on Johnson's island in Lake Erie became a poignant, candid, yet unsentimental account of the life of a soldier at war. Of special value for Civil War scholars and buffs are Barber's vivid descriptions of battles, notably the siege of Fort Donelson and the Confederate victory at Chickasaw Bayou, in which he highlights the Third Tennessee's crucial role in defeating William T. Sherman. Robert H. Ferrell introduces Barber and details the formation of the regiment. A full regimental roster, a rarity among Confederate units, also is included.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. i
Fort Donelson February 12-16, 1862p. 16
Captivity February 16-September 16, 1862p. 35
Vicksburg September 16, 1862-January 2, 1863p. 67
Port Hudson January 2-May 3, 1863p. 90
Marching through Mississippi May 3-August 24, 1863p. 117
Georgia December 3, 1863-March 28, 1864p. 148
The Last Attack March 29-May 15, 1864p. 172
Epiloguep. 186
Appendix: Roster of the Third Tennesee Infantryp. 189
Notesp. 252
Bibliographyp. 268
Indexp. 276
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