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The ragged rebel : a common soldier in W.H. Parsons' Texas Cavalry, 1861-1865 / by B.P. Gallaway.

By: Gallaway, B. P.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1988Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 186 p. : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0292770243; 9780292770249; 0292770472; 9780292770478.Subject(s): Nance, David Carey | Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 12th -- Biography | Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | Soldiers -- Texas -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Ragged rebel.; Online version:: Ragged rebel.DDC classification: 973.7/464 Summary: Here is the adventurous, eloquent, true story of David Carey Nance--a young Texas farmer caught up in the carnage of the Cival War as a soldier in William H. Parsons' Texas Cavalry.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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E580.6 12TH.N36 G34 1988 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000386961

Bibliography: p. [137]-175.

Includes index.

Here is the adventurous, eloquent, true story of David Carey Nance--a young Texas farmer caught up in the carnage of the Cival War as a soldier in William H. Parsons' Texas Cavalry.

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Based on privately held papers, Gallaway's study concerns David Nance, a common soldier in Colonel William H. Parsons's Texas cavalry unit. Because of the misfortunes suffered by Nance, the book offers little that is new as an eyewitness account of the Civil War. Wounded in the opening volley at Cache River, Arkansas, burned and nearly killed in a powder plant explosion at Waxahachie, Texas, and shot down again at Yellow Bayou, Louisiana, the young soldier spent more time away from the army than in it. More than anything else this story is a testimony both to the Texan's survival (which he attributed to God) and to the horrible futility of war. The book has good maps that will aid understanding of the conflict for those unfamiliar with the Civil War in the trans-Mississippi region. Libraries with an extensive collection of Civil War materials will benefit from this addition. The majority of readers, who will be disappointed at the lack of personal detail and viewpoint, will learn more about the common soldier in Bell I. Wiley's still classic The Life of Johnny Reb (1943). -J. H. O'Donnell, III, Marietta College

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