An Uncompromising Secessionist: The Civil War of George Knox by George Knox Miller

By George Knox Miller

Attractive letters from a proficient and perceptive accomplice cavalry officer.This publication includes the letters of George Knox Miller who served as a line officer within the accomplice cavalry and took part in just about all of the most important campaigns of the military of Tennessee. He used to be, essentially, a really well-educated younger guy. Born in 1836 in Talladega, Alabama, he constructed a good love for interpreting and the theater and set his attractions after you have an schooling that might result in a profession in legislations or medication; in the meantime he labored as an apprentice in a portray company to earn institution. Miller then enrolled within the collage of Virginia, the place he excelled in his studies.Eloquent, bordering at the lyrical, the letters supply riviting first-hand debts of cavalry raids, the monotony of camp lifestyles, and the horror of battlefield carnage. Miller offers special descriptions of army uniforms, cavalry strategies, and criminal stipulations. He conveys a deep dedication to the Confederacy, yet he used to be additionally severe of accomplice rules that he felt hindered the army's efforts. Dispersed between those war-related themes is the tale of Miller's budding dating with Celestine "Cellie" McCann, the affection of his existence, whom he might ultimately marry. jointly, the letters supply significan perception into the lifestyles, middle, brain, and attitudes of an clever, proficient, younger mid-19th-century white Southerner.

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Notes for 24 February 1861 1. Celestine must have inquired if GK M had been drunk or drinking over the holidays. ” 2. Probably a reference to his sister Matilda Walker Miller Tagg who, with her husband Joseph, played such an important role in GK M’s life. As a youth GK M had been a member of the Cadets of Temperance and had authored what seems to have been a temperance play. ) In his autobiographical “Memoranda,” GK M noted that Joseph and Matilda “were strict church members” who attended the “Cumberland [Presbyterian] Sabbath School” and who only with reluctance had allowed him to attend the theater in Memphis in the 1850s.

A post of¤ce in the area ¤rst called “Slabtown” later took the name “Equality,” supposedly because the citizens were said to be equal in wealth and status. McHugh and McHugh, Celena Jane Russell Smith, 170. See the map in Harvey S. Teal and Robert J. , 1989), 54. 6. What distinction GK M drew between “lynchings” and “hanging by the mob” is unknown. Slave plots and rumors of slave plots ®ared across the South on many occasions, especially in the months leading up to secession. Local whites organized vigilante committees and employed guards and patrols to forestall such outbreaks.

5. See GK M’s 24 Feb. 1861 letter. 16 December 1860 Richland, So. , December 16th, 1860 My Dear Sir [K nox Miller]. Yours dated the 6th inst. [not found] is at hand. Enclosed you will ¤nd a draft on New York for one hundred and twenty-¤ve dollars, for 20 / Prewar which I had to pay three per cent premium. Exchange on New York is higher now than it has been for a long time, and it is expected to go even higher. South Carolina will go out of the Union, certain, be the consequences what they may. Our [Secession] Convention meets tomorrow and I think in less than twenty-four hours we will secede.

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