Title: SOME CIVIL WAR LETTERS
Publisher: Gloucester, Mass. ‘Privately Printed.’
Publication Date: 1925
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
146pp. Original paper-backed boards, fine, in original glassine dust wrapper, chipped. Exceptional and very scarce memoir of service in the 21st Indiana battery. COULTER, TRAVELS IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES 9: ‘The author, born in northern Indiana, was a student in Wabash College when the Civil War began and did not join the Federal Army until the autumn of 1862; soon thereafter he was commissioned a second lieutenant, and rose to the rank of captain before the end of the war. He served first in central Kentucky, beginning around Covington and continuing southward to Parish, Lexington, Nicholasville, and Danville. In early 1863 he went down the Ohio River and up the Cumberland to Nashville and thence upriver to Carthage. Thereafter to the end of the war he served in central and East Tennessee, around Decherd, Jasper, Chattanooga, Nashville and Columbia. The most prominent engagement in which Andrew participated was Chickamauga. In letters the author wrote home he gives interesting glimpses and observations relative to the country and its people. He believed Kentuckians were incurably secessionists, and he was much interested in his encampment on the grounds of Henry Clay’s old home in the outskirts of Lexington; he thought Columbia, Tennessee, the most beautiful and aristocratic town he had ever seen; and he referred more than once to the fact that he was boarding with the wife of a ‘rebel major,’ but that she had been born in the North and was ‘a perfect lady and fine woman.’’ NEVINS I, 51: ‘Especially revealing for descriptions of places, people and society in wartime Kentucky and Tennessee.’ DORNBUSCH I, IN-12, the only listing for this battery. $300. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15367528753
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