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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

Abstract

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

Authors

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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Contents

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1 “Without Counting the Cost”

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

2 Fort Sumter to Manassas

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

3 Guarding the Potomac Line

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

4 Retreat to the Rappahannock

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

5 The Peninsula Campaign

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

6 Tour of Duty Ends

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

7 On the Carolina Coast: Fifth Regiment South Carolina Reserves

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

8 Fear of Invasion: Colonel of the First South Carolina Militia

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

9 Edgefield and Texas: Rebuilding Identities

Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

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