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

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

by Thomas D. Cockrell (Editor)
 

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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,

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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 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.

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

Booknews
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807127346
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (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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