The Sixteenth Mississippi Infantry: Civil War Letters and by Robert G. Evans

By Robert G. Evans

They fought within the Shenandoah crusade that blazed Stonewall Jackson's recognition. They fought within the Seven Days' Battles and at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, within the wasteland crusade, and at Spotsylvania. on the quit they have been beside common Robert E. Lee in Appomattox. From the start of the battle to its very finish the boys of the 16th Mississippi persevered.

In this number of their letters and their thoughts, either historians and Civil warfare buffs will locate the attention-grabbing phrases of those universal infantrymen in a single of the main awesome devices within the military of Northern Virginia.

Gathered and on hand right here for the 1st time, the writings during this anthology comprise diary entries, letters, and recollections from common Mississippi males who fought within the war's such a lot outstanding battles. Chronologically prepared, the records depict the speed and development of the battle. rising from their phrases are flesh-and-blood squaddies who proportion their braveness and spirit, their love of domestic and kinfolk, and their loneliness, fears, and crusade trials.

From a similar camp come letters that say, "Our troops are loopy to fulfill" the enemy and, "It isn't a lot enjoyable listening to the balls and shells a-coming." squaddies write endearingly to better halves, earnestly to fathers, longingly to moms, and wistfully to household. With wit and dispatch they record on plants and land, Virginia hospitality, camp rumors and chicanery, and encounters, either funny and opposed, with the yank enemy.

Many letters express a longing for domestic and household, remaining with such words as "Write simply once you get this." even though the pains of struggle appeared past the bounds of human persistence, letter writing created a lifeline to domestic and helped males persevere. So keen was once Jesse Ruebel Kirkland to maintain in contact together with his liked Lucinda that he penned, "I am on my horse writing at the most sensible of my hat simply having met the mail carrier."

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