Reminiscences of the Civil War

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CONTENTS
CHAPTERPAGE
I MY FIRST COMMAND AND THE OUTBREAK OF THE WAR
A company of mountaineers -- Joe Brown's pikes -- The Racucoon Roughs -- The first Rebel yell -- A flag presented to the company -- Arrival at Montgomery, Alabama -- Analysis of the causes of the war -- Slavery's part in it -- Liberty in the Union of the States, and liberty in the independence of the States 3
II THE TRIP FROM CORINTH
The Raccoon Roughs made a part of the Sixth Alabama -- The journey to Virginia -- Families divided in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri -- A father captured by a son in battle -- The military spirit in Virginia -- Andrew Johnson and Parson Brownlow Union leaders in Tennessee -- Johnson's narrowness afterward exhibited as President 26
III BULL RUN OR MANASSAS
The first great battle of the war -- A series of surprises -- Mishaps and mistakes of the Confederates -- Beauregard's lost order -- General Ewell's rage -- The most eccentric officer in the Confederate army -- Anecdotes of his career -- The wild panic of the Union troops -- Senseless frights that cannot be explained -- Illustrated at Cedar Creek 37
IV THE SPRING OF 1862 -- BATTLE OF SEVEN PINES OR FAIR OAKS
Indomitable Americanism, North and South -- Rally of the North after Bull Run -- Severity of winter quarters in Virginia -- McClellan's army landed at Yorktown -- Retreat of the Confederates -- On the Chickahominy -- Terrible slaughter at Seven Pines -- A brigade commander 47
V PRESENTIMENTS AND FATALISM AMONG SOLDIERS
Wonderful instances of prophetic foresight -- Colonel Lomax predicts his death -- The vision of a son dying two days before

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