Campbell Brown'S Civil War: With Ewell In The Army Of Northern Virginia
Publish Date: 2001-10-01
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The Civil War writings of G. Campbell Browncousin, stepson, and staff officer of famed Confederate General Richard S. Ewellprovide a comprehensive account of the major campaigns in the north Virginia theater. Terry L. Jones has performed an invaluable service by gathering these widely scattered but oft-cited primary sources into a deftly edited volume.
Browns memoir details his service under Ewell during the campaigns of First Manassas, the Shenandoah Valley, the Seven Days, Second Manassas, and Gettysburg, and under Joseph E. Johnston at Vicksburg. His correspondence and memoranda form a suspenseful recounting of the Overland Campaign, the siege of Richmond, and a harrowing retreat that ended with the capture of Brown and Ewell at Saylers Creek just three days before Robert E. Lees surrender. Their subsequent three-month captivity in Fort Warren, Massachusetts, is documented in Browns letters.
Leaders such as Ewell, Johnston, Lee (whose daughter Brown tried to marry), Stonewall Jackson, and Jubal A. Early come to life in rich anecdotes and occasional critiques of their wartime actions. A southern aristocrat from Tennessee, Brown exhibits a grasp of the nuances of military protocol that is as compelling as his descriptions of battlefield horrors.
Browns eagerness to report all he seesfrom the quotidian to the bloodcurdlingmakes his writings among the finest to come out of the Civil War. Scholars will want copies of this volume at close hand for ready reference, and buffs will treasure the play of a nimble mind over a dire and fascinating time.