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“A Gentleman and an Officer”A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin's Civil War$
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James B. Griffin, Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.001.0001

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Fort Sumter to Manassas

Fort Sumter to Manassas

Letters 1 through 15 14 April through 17 September 1861

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(p.82) 2 Fort Sumter to Manassas
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“A Gentleman and an Officer”
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Judith N. McArthur

Orville Vernon Burton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.003.0002

This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila in South Carolina dated from April 14 to September 17, 1861. These letters are about Griffin's arrival in Fort Sumter, his commissioning as major of cavalry in the Hampton Legion, his recruitment of volunteers in Columbia and his preparation to move his squadron to Virginia. Griffin also expressed his disappointment over the shortage of troop trains which delayed the Hampton Legion cavalry from reaching Manassas in time to take part in the stunning Confederate victory on 21 July and told his wife about his promotion to lieutenant colonel.

Keywords:   James B. Griffin, wartime letters, South Carolina, Fort Sumter, Hampton Legion, Manassas, military promotion, military recruitment

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