Bluegrass Confederate: The Headquarters Diary of Edward O. Guerrant

Bluegrass Confederate: The Headquarters Diary of Edward O. Guerrant

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Overview

Diaries by Kentucky Rebels are a rarity; the soldiers, cut off from their homes and families in the Union Bluegrass, were themselves atypical. In this massive and eloquent journal, Captain Edward O. Guerrant evocatively portrays his unusual wartime experiences attached to the headquarters of Confederate generals Humphrey Marshall, William Preston, George Cosby, and, most notably, John Hunt Morgan. Able to see the inner workings of campaigns in the little-known Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, and east Tennessee, where some of the most vicious small-scale fighting occurred, Guerrant made scrupulous daily entries remarking upon virtually everything around him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807130582
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2005
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

William C. Davis, director of programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and a professor of history at Virginia Tech University, is the author of numerous books about the Civil War, including Look Away: A History of the Confederate States of America.Meredith L. Swentor lives in Pace, Florida.

William C. Davis, director of programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and a professor of history at Virginia Tech University, is the author of numerous books about the Civil War, including Look Away: A History of the Confederate States of America.Meredith L. Swentor lives in Pace, Florida.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Abbreviationsxi
Introduction1
1.Off to the War14
2.A Rude Awakening39
3.War at Last70
4.Friends and Rumors97
5.Waiting and Watching from Afar116
6.Kentucky at Last141
7.Alarms and Frustrations173
8.A Winter of Discontent194
9.Kentucky Again?214
10.A Change of Season232
11.Off to Richmond258
12.Westward Ho!278
13.Living in a Cage300
14.Another Campaign at Last319
15.The East Tennessee Campaign340
16.The Battle of Big Creek364
17.Taking Leave377
18.Hungry and Waiting in East Tennessee392
19.Marching Back to Virginia401
20.The Spring Campaigns Begin417
21."Good If True!"440
22.The Battles at Mt. Sterling and Cynthiana460
23.The Hot Summer Doldrums495
24.The End of John Hunt Morgan510
25.Holding on in Tennessee524
26.The Battle of Saltville, Virginia531
27.Preparing for an Unknown Fall Campaign550
28.Into the Valley556
29.Hurry Up and Wait!572
30.Marching Out of the Valley588
31.Defending Saltville Again and the Battle of Marion, Virginia599
32.Christmas 1864616
33.A New Year and a Welcome Furlough622
34.Back to the Brigade637
35.Mounting Tension and Disillusionment646
36.Merciless Conscription656
37.The Beginning of the End665
38."It Is Finished"674
Epilogue: From the "History"685
AppendixSelected Additional Correspondence691
Index701

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