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McBeath, William J.H.
ARCHIVE OF LETTERS FROM CONFEDERATE CAPTAIN WILLIAM J.H. McBEATH, COMPANY K, 5th MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY, DETAILING HIS MILITARY EXPERIENCES DURING THE CIVIL WAR, INCLUDING REPORTS OF THE BATTLES OF STONE RIVER, CHICKAMAUGA, AND THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN]
[Various locations in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, 1864. Twenty-two war-date autograph letters, signed, totaling approximately seventy-eight pages, and 14,000 words, plus three post-war letters and documents. Typed transcriptions accompany all but one of the letters. Original mailing folds, some fold lines tender, a few letters with mostly minor paper loss. Minor toning, occasional dark stains or discoloration, with little effect on text. Overall in good plus condition, the handwriting quite easily read. A collection of personal letters by Mississippi Captain William J.H. McBeath during the Civil War, writing home to his future wife, Sarah "Sallie" Lewis in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and covering three years service during the heart of the war. McBeath writes to "Sallie" about their relationship and his love for her, as well as the usual subjects like camp life, military news, fellow soldiers who have fallen ill or died, troop and unit movement, and descriptions of engagements with the enemy. The latter reports include mentions of or details about battles at Corinth, Stone River, Chickamauga, and the Atlanta Campaign. Throughout these letters, which conclude several months after Sherman's important victory at Atlanta, McBeath expresses an optimism in the inevitability of a Confederate victory that is revealing about his mindset, which was no doubt shared with his fellow rebel soldiers. William J.H. McBeath (1836-1928) served as captain of Company K, known as the "Scotland Guards," in the 5th Mississippi Infantry. He married Sarah E. Lewis (184?-1914) sometime a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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