A Mississippi Rebel in the Army of Northern Virginia: The Civil War Memoirs of Private David Holt

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Born the eighth child in a wealthy Mississippi plantation family in 1843, David Eldred Holt joined Company K of the 16th Mississippi Regiment in 1861 and served in the Eastern theater throughout the Civil War. Late in his life, at a time when many former soldiers, both Union and Confederate, were reliving their memories of that event, Holt penned this memoir, recounting the idyllic life of an affluent southern boy before the war and the exhilarating, sometimes humorous, often terrifying experiences of a common ...

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2001 Trade paperback Reprint. Illustrated. New/Unused/Unmarked. May have very minor blemishes to the exterior (rubbing/dings), not affecting the text. Trade paperback (US). ... Glued binding. 384 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. NEW/UNUSED/UNMARKED from the Publisher. They may have very minor blemishes to the exterior (rubbing to the gloss/light dings), not affecting the text. Books are Intact. Not a Remainder, Return, or Previously Owned. U.S. Domestic Tracking/Confirmation Included. Via USPS, Will Ship International, APO/FPO/DPO, PO Boxes, all US 50 States/Territories, Priority and please inquire for Express. All orders are packed carefully/securely, with packing materials to help with quality control, so you may receive your order as described or better, and shipped directly from our facility to provide fast/personal service (International orders required by Alibris to ship from their facility). We do our best to ship before expected shipping date and provide honest descriptions. Please Read more Show Less

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Overview

Born the eighth child in a wealthy Mississippi plantation family in 1843, David Eldred Holt joined Company K of the 16th Mississippi Regiment in 1861 and served in the Eastern theater throughout the Civil War. Late in his life, at a time when many former soldiers, both Union and Confederate, were reliving their memories of that event, Holt penned this memoir, recounting the idyllic life of an affluent southern boy before the war and the exhilarating, sometimes humorous, often terrifying experiences of a common soldier in camp and in battle. This new edition has been expanded to include Holt's never-before-published diary entries from the last year of the war.

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Editorial Reviews

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"One of the best and most readable narratives to come out of the Civil War.... Private Holt tells his story with clarity and humor, relating both the amusing anecdotes and the full horror that was the American Civil War." — Civil War

"Though numerous memoirs of Civil War participants have appeared since Appomattox, few equal that of Private David E. Holt in describing the experiences of the ordinary soldier." — Journal of Southern History

"The appearance of this delightful memoir should be a cause for celebration among all those who love the extraordinary men who bore the burden of war." — Blue and Gray

"One of the most evocative and engrossing soldier narratives to be published in a long while.... It will become a standard source for gaining insight into the common soldier of Lee's Army." — Mississippi Quarterly

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The engaging memoir of an upper-class white man coming of age during the Civil War and surviving the major campaigns of Robert E. Lee in Northern Virginia. Holt speculates on the social customs of the ante- bellum south, including its agonized reaction to secession. However, it is his poignant, dramatic, and graphic accounts of the ordinary Confederate soldier in battle and camp which makes the memoir memorable and historically valuable. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Earl J. Hess
...[O]ne of the most evocative and engrossing soldier narratives to be published in a long while....it will become a standard source for gaining insight into the common soldier of Lee's army. -- Mississippi Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807127346
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas D. Cockrell is a professor of history at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi.

Michael B. Ballard, coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center at the Mississippi State University Library, is the author of several books, including Civil War Mississippi: A Guide.

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Biographical Sketch of David Eldred Holt
1 Early Childhood 1
2 School Days 10
3 The Visions of Uncle Louis 16
4 Aunt Yates's Christmas Greeting 22
5 Summer Vacation 26
6 The Reformation of Ben Botts and the Tragedy of Old Bill Gibson 31
7 The Treatment of Slaves; Plantation Life 35
8 Mississippi Camp Meetings 43
9 Yellow Fever Rages, 1855 54
10 War Clouds Gather, 1856-1861 59
11 My First Taste of Battle; Jackson's Valley Campaign 68
12 The Seven Days' Battles 81
13 Richmond, Prison, and Illness 93
14 I Start for Bedford County, Virginia 105
15 I Meet Relatives 110
16 She Knew Washington; Visits and Recreation 119
17 I Return to the Army 128
18 An Excursion for Pie 135
19 The Battle of Fredericksburg 141
20 The English Flag and a New Colonel 149
21 Christmas Yearnings 155
22 We Are Praised by Old Stonewall 159
23 Chancellorsville 165
24 We Capture a Company 171
25 Back to Chancellorsville; Compton and Chapman Escape from the Yanks 177
26 The Ugly Contest; A Good Camp; We Drink Brandy 184
27 A Blue Patch; The March to Pennsylvania; Bill Secures an Outfit 189
28 The Battle of Gettysburg 194
29 Retreat from Gettysburg; About My Personal Appearance 200
30 Back to Virginia; Camp Life; Bad News from Home 207
31 Bristoe Campaign; Camp Starvation 212
32 Rooster Chase; Music; A Visit to My Brother 219
33 Toting Turnips; A Mess of Wild Mustard 225
34 Religious Meetings 231
35 The Battle of the Wilderness 238
36 Odd Happenings 247
37 We Hold the Salient 255
38 On the March; Tommy and the Yank 263
39 The Wrong General Wright; Quarreling in the Ranks; J. B. Starr 270
40 Cold Harbor; An Armistice 276
41 Petersburg; Skirmishing; I Dig a Well 281
42 The Crater 286
43 A Scouting Expedition 290
44 General Mahone Is Toned Down 294
45 To Richmond and Back 297
46 Wilson's Raid 300
47 A Night in a Tavern 303
48 We Surrender 307
49 Bull Pens 314
50 Prisoner at Point Lookout 322
51 I Leave Prison 332
52 Homeward Bound 337
Appendix 345
Bibliographical Note 361
Index 365
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    Posted April 16, 2008

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    Easily 5 stars, highly readable and at times captivating. Unlike many memoirs written in later life (around age 80 according to the preface) David Holt has no compulsion to embellish his accomplishments e.g. John B. Gordon¿s Reminiscences of the Civil War. His age at writing the memoirs makes even more remarkable the scarcity of instances where the editor¿s footnotes include corrective or clarifying statements.

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