The preacher's tale : the Civil War journal of Rev. Francis Springer, Chaplain, U.S. Army of the Frontier / edited by William Furry.
By: Springer, Francis.
Contributor(s): Furry, William.Material type: TextSeries: Civil War in the West: Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2001Description: xxiv, 182 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1557287031; 9781557287038.Subject(s): Springer, Francis, 1810-1892 -- Diaries | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Chaplains | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects | Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives | Missouri -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century | Military chaplains -- United States -- DiariesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Preacher's tale.DDC classification: 973.7/78 Online resources: Table of contents
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
The 1863 Journal -- Prairie Grove and Fayetteville -- Northern Retreat -- The Capture of Fort Smith -- Post Chaplain and Guerrilla Fighting -- The Execution and Letters of Four Bushwhackers -- Other Executions -- Two Articles by "Thrifton" -- Rev. Francis Springer's Eulogy on Pres. Abraham Lincoln.
In the fall of 1861, fifty-one-year-old Rev. Francis Springer enlisted in the Union army. The following spring, Reverend Springer, a friend of and one-time neighbor to Abraham Lincoln, rode away with the 10th Illinois Cavalry. A witness to the Battle of Prairie Grove (December 1862), Springer was later named post chaplain at Fort Smith, where, in addition to preaching and ministering to the troops, he was placed in charge of refugees - widows, orphans, and contrabands. During this period, Springer also wrote articles and columns in the Fort Smith New Era under the pseudonym "Thrifton". The Preacher's Tale includes several never-before-published photographs, and appendixes that contain accounts of six military executions that Springer participated in as a Union Army chaplain, the last letters home of two rebel soldiers condemned and executed at Fort Smith, as well as a eulogy written for Abraham Lincoln.