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By George Knox Miller

Enticing letters from a proficient and perceptive accomplice cavalry officer.This publication includes the letters of George Knox Miller who served as a line officer within the accomplice cavalry and took part in just about all of the key campaigns of the military of Tennessee. He was once, in actual fact, a really well-educated younger guy. Born in 1836 in Talladega, Alabama, he built an excellent love for interpreting and the theater and set his attractions once you have an schooling that will bring about a profession in legislation or drugs; in the meantime he labored as an apprentice in a portray enterprise to earn institution. Miller then enrolled within the college of Virginia, the place he excelled in his studies.Eloquent, bordering at the lyrical, the letters offer riviting first-hand money owed of cavalry raids, the monotony of camp existence, and the horror of battlefield carnage. Miller offers special descriptions of army uniforms, cavalry strategies, and legal stipulations. He conveys a deep dedication to the Confederacy, yet he used to be additionally severe of accomplice rules that he felt hindered the army's efforts. Dispersed between those war-related issues is the tale of Miller's budding dating with Celestine "Cellie" McCann, the affection of his lifestyles, whom he could finally marry. jointly, the letters supply significan perception into the existence, middle, brain, and attitudes of an clever, trained, younger mid-19th-century white Southerner.

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But I tell them that I have marked out and pursued my own course heretofore, and hope to do so successfully in the future. I could write all night, but would not be so cruel as to tax your patience with the reading of so many lines with such little substance—and 6 / Prewar will close. ] in one respect. Do please favor me soon with a kind word—be sure & write just as you think, and I’ll be more than pleased, and in the meantime and hereafter consider me. Your most sincere & devoted friend, Geo.

Jordan, Tumult and Silence at Second Creek: An Inquiry into a Civil War Slave Conspiracy (Baton Rouge, 1993). 7. See biographical sketch. 8. Pressed ®owers, obviously given to GK M by Celestine. He carried what was probably the same “Souvenir” in his pocket Testament through at least the Battle of Shiloh. See GK M’s 11 Oct. 1860; 17 Apr. 1862; and 30 Sept. 1863 letters. 11 October 1860 University, Oct 11th, ’60 My Dear Friend [Celestine McCann]: A few days ago while suffering from a fever, contracted by exposure in travelling, a kind friend brought me your expected and much desired letter.

1862, 29 May 1863, and 10 Apr. 1864 letters. 2. “Mazeppa,” an 1819 poem by Lord Byron, revolved around the story of a Polish man who was tied to the back of a wild horse. The context of GK M’s 14 June 1860–11 May 1861 / 13 remark seems to indicate that Celestine had once had some experience with an out-of-control horse. In the poem, Mazeppa relates the history of his adventures to K ing Charles XII of Sweden. See n10 to GK M’s 7 Jan. 1863 letter. 3. In his autobiographical “Memoranda” GK M indicated that during his 1860 visit immediately after leaving the Hopkins place, he learned that his cousin “Hamp” was in love with Celestine’s sister Anna Maria.

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