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“A Gentleman and an Officer”: A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin's Civil War

James B. Griffin, Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton


In 1861, James B. Griffin left Edgefield, South Carolina, and rode off to Virginia to take up duty with the Confederate Army. He was thirty-five years old, a wealthy planter, and the owner of sixty-one slaves when he joined Wade Hampton's elite Legion as a major of cavalry. This book features eighty of Griffin's letters written at the Virginia front, and during later postings on the South Carolina coast, to his wife Leila Burt Griffin. The letters encompass Griffin's entire Civil War service, detailing living conditions and military maneuvers, the jockeying for position among officers, and the ... More

Keywords: James B. Griffin, Confederate Army, Wade Hampton, Hampton Legion, Virginia, South Carolina, Leila Burt Griffin, American Civil War, Peninsula Campaign, Yorktown siege

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195093124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James B. Griffin, author

Judith N. McArthur, editor
University of Houston

Orville Vernon Burton, editor
University of Illinois

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