Kentucky Cavaliers in Dixie: The Reminiscences of a Confederate Cavalryman

By Geo. Dallas Mosgrove | Go to book overview

CHAPTER V. .
ADJUTANT-GENERAL EDWARD O. GUERRANT

"High place to thee in royal court,
High place in battled line."

A NATIVE of Sharpsburg, Ky., his father a talented physician, Captain Edward O. Guerrant was a favored son of the bluegrass country. A bright, handsome young man, Chesterfieldian in manner, possessing wondrous fluency of speech, a graduate of Centre College, his accomplishments were so many and varied that he was admired by men and women. Although a small man, his was a conspicuous figure in any assemblage. Polite as the politest Frenchman, gentle and refined as any lady, he was a superb cavalier, intrepid as Henry of Navarre, from whose sunny France he had descended. He served during the war as a staff officer, performing the duties of adjutant-general for General Marshall, General Williams, General Cosby and Colonel Giltner. I was adjutant-general's clerk, and intimately associated with him. He was exceptionally kind to me, a delicate, slender, beardless boy, and, of course, my recollections of him are most pleasant. My duties were to assist in keeping the records of the brigade, copy orders and letters, carry orders, etc. He kept a voluminous journal, which was written in attractive and interesting style, both as to subject-matter and chirography, the latter being artistically ornamental. He often required me to write some favorite gem of verse or prose, which he desired to preserve, in the journal. He was fastidious about the work and watchful that I did it neatly and correctly. At the close of the war, he had twenty or thirty, probably more, volumes of the journal, and a few of them have been of incalculable value to me in writing this book. Seemingly without effort, Captain Guerrant was always faultlessly, not to say fastidiously, attired. No matter what the conditions

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