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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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Fear of Invasion: Colonel of the First South Carolina Militia

Fear of Invasion: Colonel of the First South Carolina Militia

Letters 74 through 80

1 December 1864 through 27 February 1865

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(p.277) 8 Fear of Invasion: Colonel of the First South Carolina Militia
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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/9780195093124.003.0008

This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila dated from December 1, 1864 to February 27, 1865. These letters are about Griffin's first fear of invasion because while the Union forces threatened from without, the home front also had enemies from within which include Confederate deserters. Griffin was appointed colonel of the First South Carolina Militia and his letters were filled with nationalism and patriotism. He was also concerned about his slaves because the Union army were already enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Keywords:   James B. Griffin, wartime letters, invasion, Union forces, Confederate deserters, First South Carolina Militia, slaves, Emancipation Proclamation

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