A Rebel War Clerk's Diary: At the Confederate States by J. B. Jones,James I. Robertson Jr.

By J. B. Jones,James I. Robertson Jr.

Amidst the significant literature of the Civil battle, essentially the most major and enlightening files continues to be principally unknown. A daily, uninterrupted, four-year chronicle by means of a mature, keenly observant clerk within the warfare division of the Confederacy, the wartime diary of John Beauchamp Jones was once first released in volumes of small sort in 1866. through the years, the diary was once republished 3 extra times—but by no means with an index or a piece of writing equipment to steer a reader throughout the striking mass of data it contained. released the following with an authoritative editorial framework, together with an in depth creation and endnotes, this designated checklist of the Civil struggle takes its rightful position as the best simple reference instruments in Civil warfare heritage, totally severe to review the Confederacy.

A Maryland journalist/novelist who went south on the outbreak of the conflict, Jones took a task as a senior clerk within the accomplice battle division, the place he remained to the tip, a continuing observer of guys and occasions in Richmond, the guts of the Confederacy and the important goal of Union army could. As a high-level clerk on the middle of army making plans, Jones had a rare viewpoint at the Southern country in action—and not anything escaped his recognition. private documents, command-level conversations, legitimate correspondence, revelations, rumors, statistics, climate reviews, and private critiques: all demeanour of fabric, chanced on nowhere else in Civil battle literature, made its meticulous manner into the diary. Jones rates ratings of dispatches and stories by means of either army and civilian gurus, together with letters from Robert E. Lee by no means published in different places, offering a useful list of records that might later locate their method into print purely in edited shape. His notes on such ephemera as climate and costs create a backdrop for the army routine and political maneuverings he describes, all with the really appropriate eye of a professional author and observer of southern life.

James I. Robertson, Jr., offers introductions to every quantity, over 2,700 endnotes that determine, make clear, and extend on Jones's fabric, and a primary ever index which makes Jones's detailed insights and observations obtainable to readers, who will locate within the pages of A insurgent struggle Clerk's Diary the most entire and richly textured money owed of the Civil battle ever to be composed on the very middle of the Confederacy.

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