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By Graham T. Dozier,Peter S. Carmichael

In may well 1861, Virginian Thomas Henry Carter (1831–1908) raised an artillery battery and joined the accomplice military. Over the following 4 years, he rose gradually in rank from captain to colonel, putting him one of the senior artillerists in Robert E. Lee's military of Northern Virginia. through the struggle, Carter wrote greater than a hundred revealing letters to his spouse, Susan, approximately his carrier. His interactions with well-liked officers--including Lee, Jubal A. Early, John B. Gordon, Robert E. Rodes, and others--come to lifestyles in Carter's astute reviews approximately their behavior and personalities. Combining insightful observations on army operations, really of the Battles of Antietam and Spotsylvania court docket condo and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley crusade, with revealing notes at the domestic entrance and the controversy over the impressment and arming of slaves, Carter's letters are quite attention-grabbing simply because his writing isn't really overly stressed via the rhetoric of the southern ruling class.

Here, Graham Dozier bargains the definitive variation of Carter's letters, meticulously transcribed and punctiliously annotated. This amazing assortment offers a wealth of Carter's unvarnished evaluations of the folk and occasions that formed his wartime event, laying off new gentle on Lee's military and accomplice existence in Virginia.

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