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

In this number of their letters and their stories, either historians and Civil warfare buffs will locate the interesting phrases of those universal squaddies in a single of the main extraordinary devices within the military of Northern Virginia.

Gathered and on hand the following for the 1st time, the writings during this anthology comprise diary entries, letters, and memories from standard Mississippi males who fought within the war's such a lot impressive battles. Chronologically prepared, the records depict the speed and growth of the struggle. rising from their phrases are flesh-and-blood infantrymen who proportion their braveness and spirit, their love of domestic and relatives, and their loneliness, fears, and crusade trials.

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

Many letters exhibit a craving for domestic and household, last with such words as "Write simply once you get this." even though the pains of struggle appeared past the boundaries of human patience, letter writing created a lifeline to domestic and helped males persevere. So keen was once Jesse Ruebel Kirkland to maintain involved together with his cherished Lucinda that he penned, "I am on my horse writing at the best of my hat simply having met the mail carrier."

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