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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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Retreat to the Rappahannock

Retreat to the Rappahannock

Letters 28 through 36

27 February through 6 April 1862

Chapter:
(p.166) 4 Retreat to the Rappahannock
Source:
“A Gentleman and an Officer”
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Judith N. McArthur

Orville Vernon Burton

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.003.0004

This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila dated from February 27 to April 1862. These letters are about the Confederate forces' retreat from the Occoquan River to Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the establishment of a new line of defense on the Rappahannock River. Griffin also sent Leila instructions on spring planting and told her that he was again under marching orders as the Federal troops began massing for an amphibious landing farther down the Virginia coast, below Yorktown.

Keywords:   James B. Griffin, wartime letters, retreat, Occoquan River, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Rappahannock River, Federal troops

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