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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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Tour of Duty Ends

Tour of Duty Ends

Letter 58

29 August 1862

Chapter:
(p.242) 6 Tour of Duty Ends
Source:
“A Gentleman and an Officer”
Author(s):

Judith N. McArthur

Orville Vernon Burton

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.003.0006

This chapter presents one of Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila dated August 29, 1862. This letter is about the end of Griffin's tour of duty. His dilemma over remaining in the Hampton Legion or returning home was resolved when he was defeated in the election. Griffin also told his wife that he had to choose between two offers: prestige and prospective glory with the Hampton Legion or safe reserve duty at home near his family.

Keywords:   James B. Griffin, eletion, tour of duty, Hampton Legion, family

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