9781572330344

A Yankee at Arms: The Diary of Lieutenant Augustus D. Ayling, 29th Massachusetts Volunteers

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    9781572330344

  • ISBN10:

    1572330341

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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Summary

When New Englander Augustus Ayling responded to President Lincoln's first call for volunteers at the outbreak of the Civil War, he began a diary that he would keep until the end of the conflict. That recently discovered manuscript now provides us with an unusual panorama of the Civil War as seen by one man who fought in three different theaters. Throughout his diary, Ayling eloquently described the difficult conditions under which soldiers served, revealing both the pleasures and problems of an officer's life. As lively and dramatic in its reportage of key events as it is meticulous in detail, Ayling's diary provides valuable perspectives on both the battlefield and the homefront.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Frank L. Byrne
Introduction xi
A Yankee At Arms
Enlistment and Fort Monroe
3(14)
The Monitor and the Merrimack and Newport News
17(16)
An Infantry Officer in the Army of the Potomac
33(14)
McClellan's Retreat and the Hospitalization of Lieutenant Ayling
47(16)
Lieutenant Ayling on Sick Leave
63(12)
The Fredericksburg Campaign
75(15)
Winter Camp and Transfer to Newport News
90(17)
A Wartime Love Affair
107(15)
Occupation Duty in Kentucky
122(13)
Down the Mississippi and the Siege of Vicksburg
135(18)
Occupation in Mississippi and Return to Kentucky
153(18)
Travel to Knoxville on Return from Sick Leave
171(17)
Winter Camp in Eastern Tennessee
188(15)
Hard Times and a Depleted Company
203(16)
The End of the War
219(13)
Postwar Duty in Richmond, Virginia
232(23)
Last Days in Richmond
255(16)
Epilogue 271(6)
Notes 277(18)
Bibliography 295(2)
Index 297

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