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A Texas Cavalry officer's Civil War : the diary and letters of James C. Bates / edited by Richard Lowe.

By: Bates, James C. (James Campbell), 1837-1891.
Contributor(s): Lowe, Richard G, 1942-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1999Description: xxiii, 366 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0807123722 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807123720 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807130650 (pbk.); 0807130656 (pbk.).Subject(s): Bates, James C. (James Campbell), 1837-1891 -- Diaries | Bates, James C. (James Campbell), 1837-1891 -- Correspondence | Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 9th | Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate | Soldiers -- Texas -- Paris -- Diaries | Soldiers -- Texas -- Paris -- Correspondence | Paris (Tex.) -- BiographyDDC classification: 973.7/464/092 | B Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Organization and First Campaign -- Indian Territory -- To Arkansas and Elkhorn Tavern -- From Arkansas to Corinth -- Reorganization -- Northern Mississippi -- Corinth -- Holly Springs and Thompson's Station -- Vicksburg and Home -- Alabama, Georgia, and Hospitals -- Decline and Defeat.
Summary: "College-educated and unusually articulate," James Campbell Bates kept a detailed diary and wrote dozens of long letters to his family, using special codes, sharing "chilling accounts of combat; a running narrative of life in camp and on campaign; commentary on the mood of the military, army politics, and attitudes toward draft dodgers, the enemy, and blacks; reactions to the latest political and diplomatic news; and more."--Jacket.
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E580.6 9TH .B37 1999 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001488873

Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-354) and indexes.

Organization and First Campaign -- Indian Territory -- To Arkansas and Elkhorn Tavern -- From Arkansas to Corinth -- Reorganization -- Northern Mississippi -- Corinth -- Holly Springs and Thompson's Station -- Vicksburg and Home -- Alabama, Georgia, and Hospitals -- Decline and Defeat.

"College-educated and unusually articulate," James Campbell Bates kept a detailed diary and wrote dozens of long letters to his family, using special codes, sharing "chilling accounts of combat; a running narrative of life in camp and on campaign; commentary on the mood of the military, army politics, and attitudes toward draft dodgers, the enemy, and blacks; reactions to the latest political and diplomatic news; and more."--Jacket.

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Hard fighting Texas cavalryman James Campbell Bates saw action in many key campaigns in the western theater during the US Civil War, doing his best to fend off the invading Yankees. His letters and diary provide wide-ranging commentary on a number of issues, giving readers a glimpse into the mind of a horse soldier who was alive to the larger significance of the struggle in which he was engaged. Editor Richard Lowe (North Texas Univ.), an established Civil War and Reconstruction scholar, offers annotation and commentary designed to set Bates's reports and observations in a wider context. Bates offers his opinion on a number of issues, including politics, military operations, African Americans, and the continuing state of morale among soldiers and civilians. For those readers and researchers looking to enrich their understanding of the life of a Confederate cavalryman in the West, this is a good place to start. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. D. Simpson; Arizona State University

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