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Memoirs of the Civil War: Between the Northern and Southern Sections of the United States of America 1861 to 1865
by William W. Chamberlaine
edited by Robert E.L. Krick
preface by Gary W. Gallagher
University of Alabama Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-8173-5635-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8507-1
Library of Congress Classification E605.C44 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.782

Contains much valuable information and engaging narrative passages

Memoirs of the Civil War, though relatively little known because of its rarity in the original edition, contains much valuable information and engaging narrative passages. A Virginian whose Confederate career included service in an infantry regiment early in the war, Chamberlaine’s most important military service was as a staff officer attached to Brigadier General Reuben Lindsay Walker, who commanded the Third Corps artillery in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Includes excellent material on the duties of staff officers, operation of Confederate conscription, and the role of artillery in Lee’s campaigns. He is especially eloquent and revealing about a number of famous battles: the Seven Days; Antietam, where Chamberlaine distinguished himself and was wounded; and the Wilderness, where he had a memorable encounter with Lee.
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