Here, Graham Dozier offers the definitive edition of Carter's letters, meticulously transcribed and carefully annotated. This impressive collection provides a wealth of Carter's unvarnished opinions of the people and events that shaped his wartime experience, shedding new light on Lee's army and Confederate life in Virginia.
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About the Author
Peter S. Carmichael is Robert C. Fluhrer Professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College and Director of the Civil War Institute. His books include Lee's Young Artillerist: William R. J. Pegram and Audacity Personified: The Generalship of Robert E. Lee.
Table of Contents
Foreword Peter S. Carmichael xi
Editorial Methods and Notes xix
Chapter 1 Life before the War 7
Chapter 2 1861 15 September-29 December 1861 25
Chapter 3 From Northern Virginia to the Peninsula 8 January-1 May 1862 85
Chapter 4 To Maryland and Back 13 July-17 December 1862 27
Chapter 5 Winter Quarters 20 January-25 June 1863 163
Chapter 6 Guarding the Rapidan 18 September-27 December 1863 197
Chapter 7 From the Wilderness to the Valley 17 March-31 December 1864 233
Chapter 8 War's End 1 January-7 March 1865 281
Chapter 9 Life after the War 297
Appendix: Selected Genealogy of the Thomas Henry Carter Family 313
What People are Saying About This
Col. Tom Carter belongs on any short list of the bright young artillerists who made Lee's 'Long Arm' famous, in company with Pelham, Pegram, Alexander, and Huger. His smart and perceptive letters, skillfully edited by Graham Dozier, make one of the best primary sources on the Army of Northern Virginia to reach print in recent memory.Robert K. Krick, author of The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy and Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain.
A Gunner in Lee's Army comprises the best published recollections we have of a Virginia artillery commander. In over 100 letters to his wife, Carter was extremely observant as well as highly opinionated about military actions and individual officers. Superbly edited, this book is a necessary source for any study of the Army of Northern Virginia.James I. Robertson Jr., author of Stonewall Jackson