Unspoiled Heart: The Journal of Charles Mattocks of the 17th Maine / Edition 1

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A dramatic real-life adventure story, "Unspoiled Heart" chronicles the Civil War experiences of Charles P. Mattocks, a major in the Union Army of the Potomac. From 1863 to 1865, Mattocks kept a diary in which he meticulously recorded the everyday details of army politics and camplife and the excitement of commanding men in battle. At the tender age of twenty-three, this Bowdoin College graduate took successive command of the Seventeenth Maine and the famous First United States Sharpshooters. With an "unspoiled heart," he fearlessly led his troops in the crucial battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg as well as in several minor skirmishes. During the Battle of the Wilderness, Mattocks was captured, imprisoned by the Confederates, and escaped into the mountains of North Carolina, where he was recaptured by Confederate Indians. After nine months in different Confederate prisons, Mattocks was exchanged in time to participate in the Battle of Sayler's Creek, in which his bravery earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mattocks's journals are rich with insightful commentary, including details about the officers' prisons in Georgia and the Carolinas and about the anti-Confederate slaves and white Unionists who aided him in his escape. Of particular interest are his invaluable descriptions of Sayler's Creek, the last great battle involving the Army of the Potomac and one that has often been neglected in Civil War literature.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This second title in the Voices of the Civil War series, edited by Racine, who teaches history at Wofford College in South Carolina, presents the personal account of Union officer Charles Mattocks within the framework of recent scholarship that includes copious editorial notes and bibliographic material. Mattocks was 22 in 1862 when he joined the 17th Maine Volunteers as a lieutenant. A year later he was a major commanding the regiment, and in 1864 he was transferred to command the elite 1st U.S. Sharpshooters. He fought through Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, was captured in the Battle of the Wilderness, escaped, was recaptured, then paroled to rejoin the 17th Maine. Mattocks's journal entries consistently reflect his determination to keep his men up to the mark, and under his command the 17th Maine was one of the best fighting regiments in the Army of the Potomac. Particularly useful is Mattocks's detailed account of his internment as a prisoner of war in a Confederate prison--a subject still relatively neglected by Civil War scholars. Illustrations. May
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870498343
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Series: Voices of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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