John Dooley's Civil War : An Irish American's Journey in the First Virginia Infantry Regiment

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-16
  • Publisher: Univ of Tennessee Pr
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Among the finer soldier-diarists of the Civil War, John Edward Dooley first came to the attention of readers when an edition of his wartime journal, edited by Joseph Durkin, was published in 1945. That book, John Dooley, Confederate Soldier, became a widely used resource for historians, who frequently tapped Dooley's vivid accounts of Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, where he was wounded during Pickett's Charge and subsequently captured. As it happens, the 1945 edition is actually a much-truncated version of Dooley's original journal that fails to capture the full scope of his wartime experience-the oscillating rhythm of life on the campaign trail, in camp, in Union prisons, and on parole. Nor does it recognize how Dooley, the son of a successful Irish-born Richmond businessman, used his reminiscences as a testament to the Lost Cause. John Dooley's Civil Wargives us, for the first time, a comprehensive version of Dooley's "war notes," which editor Robert Emmett Curran has reassembled from seven different manuscripts and meticulously annotated. The notes were created as diaries that recorded Dooley's service as an officer in the famed First Virginia Regiment along with his twenty months as a prisoner of war. After the war, they were expanded and recast years later as Dooley, then studying for the Catholic priesthood, reflected on the war and its aftermath. As Curran points out, Dooley's reworking of his writings was shaped in large part by his ethnic heritage and the connections he drew between the aspirations of the Irish and those of the white South. In addition to the war notes, the book includes a prewar essay that Dooley wrote in defense of secession and an extended poem he penned in 1870 on what he perceived as the evils of Reconstruction. The result is a remarkable picture not only of how one articulate southerner endured the hardships of war and imprisonment, but also of how he positioned his own experience within the tragic myth of valor, sacrifice, and crushed dreams of independence that former Confederates fashioned in the postwar era.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
A Few Words upon the Right of-a State to Withdraw from the United Statesp. 3
Introduction to John Dooley's "War Notes"p. 11
"Oh How Scared I Felt!": The Second Manassas Campaign, August 1862p. 15
"Oh, How I Ran!": The Maryland Campaign, September 1862p. 33
"Resting from Our Labors": Camp in the Shenandoah Valley, September-November 1862p. 55
"These Brave but Doomed Foreigners": Fredericksburg, December 1862p. 85
"Everything Is Excessively Dull": Winter Quarters, December 1862-March 1863p. 119
"We Slept in the Trenches": Coastal Carolina and Southeastern Virginia, March-June 1863p. 135
"Into the Very Jaws of Destruction": The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863p. 149
"Vae Victis": Prisoner, Julyl863p. 167
"Still Hoping for Better Things": Fort McHenry, July-August 1863p. 181
"This Selfish, Cold Hearted, Cold Blooded Enemy": Johnson's Island, August-November 1863p. 199
"Learning How Little Food … a Man May Live Upon": Johnson's Island, November 1863-March 1864p. 227
"Anxiety about Virginia Affairs": Johnson's Island, March-July 1864p. 253
"The Bad News Is Raging": Johnson's Island, August-November 1864p. 285
"I Am among the Number-Glory, Alleluia": From Johnson's Island to Richmond, December 1864-March 1865p. 321
"All Is Confusion and Panic": In Search of the CSA, March-April 1865p. 347
"A Bitter, Bitter Draught": Journey's End, April-May 1865p. 381
Lines Addressed to the Bronze Statue of the Goddess of Liberty Which Covers the Capitol's Dome, Washington, D.C.p. 405
Notesp. 417
Indexp. 497
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