By George Knox Miller
Enticing letters from a talented and perceptive accomplice cavalry officer.This publication comprises 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 main campaigns of the military of Tennessee. He was once, truly, a really well-educated younger guy. Born in 1836 in Talladega, Alabama, he built an excellent love for analyzing and the theater and set his attractions after you have an schooling that will bring about a profession in legislation or medication; in the meantime he labored as an apprentice in a portray enterprise to earn university. Miller then enrolled within the college of Virginia, the place he excelled in his studies.Eloquent, bordering at the lyrical, the letters supply riviting first-hand bills of cavalry raids, the monotony of camp lifestyles, and the horror of battlefield carnage. Miller provides precise descriptions of army uniforms, cavalry strategies, and criminal stipulations. He conveys a deep dedication to the Confederacy, yet he was once additionally serious 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, center, brain, and attitudes of an clever, expert, younger mid-19th-century white Southerner.
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I refer to Prof. 5 While I write he is holding forth to a large audience in Charlottesville. I, unfortunately, dared not venture out in the deep snow & so will not have the opportunity of hearing him, still I am well acquainted with his eloquence, having heard it so often in the lecture room. His resignation has somewhat broken into our arrangements as to studies, but we are willing to make the sacri¤ce in consideration of the man & the importance of the occasion. 6 If it is so, I’ll not thank him for professing one thing & practicing another to me.
Now if he would fall in love with Miss G. sure enough am I to blame? if blame can be attached to any one. I’m sure he thinks Miss Gussie is a paragon, though he thinks I don’t know it. We’ll not let him know any better. 3 I expect you have come to the conclusion that I am never serious enough to feel blue, else I would not write such an amount of nonsense. This is one of my many foibles that I’m [hoping] to have you correct; for I’m going to con¤de in you. I have already done so to some extent.
How are you going to spend Christmas—I expect it will pass with me as the last two have, just as any other day—no home pleasures, no home folks, nothing to do but study, do nothing, read or follow suit after so many & get drunk. 5 I’ll have to try & behave myself like I should, & in a gentlemanly manner hail the coming of the new year. But of all things else I would rather see you & have one good jolly laugh—it would make me feel better for a long time. But as that cannot be I send you a hearty greeting from the cold mountains of Old Virginia, trusting that the breeze that is soon to waft you from the Shores of the United States may be ever propitious & bear you to a more congenial clime.
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