Welcome the hour of conflict: William Cowan McClellan and the 9th Alabama

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Vivid and lively letters from a young Confederate in Lee’s Army.

In the spring of 1861 a 22-year-old Alabamian did what many of his friends and colleagues were doing—he joined the Confederate Army as a volunteer. The first of his family to enlist, William Cowan McClellan, who served as a private in the 9th Alabama Infantry regiment, wrote hundreds of letters throughout the war, often penning for friends who could not write home for themselves. In the letters collected in John C. Carter’s volume, this young soldier comments on his feelings toward his commanding officers, his attitude toward military discipline and camp life, his disdain for the western Confederate armies, and his hopes and fears for the future of the Confederacy.

McClellan’s letters also contain vivid descriptions of camp life, battles, marches, picket duty, and sickness and disease in the army. The correspondence between McClellan and his family dealt with separation due to war as well as with other wartime difficulties such as food shortages, invasion, and occupation. The letters also show the rise and fall of morale on both the home front and on the battlefield, and how they were closely intertwined.

Remarkable for their humor, literacy, and matter-of-fact banter, the letters reveal the attitude a common soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia had toward the day-to-day activity and progression of the war. John C. Carter includes helpful appendixes that list the letters chronologically and offer the regimental roster, casualty/enlistment totals, assignments, and McClellan’s personal military record.

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table_of_contents Preparing for war : Alabama to Richmond, January 14-June 20, 1861 -- Waiting for the great battle : Richmond to Manassas, June 21-July 21, 1861, Manassas to Centreville, Virginia : July 22-September 21, 1861 -- Camp at Centreville, Virginia : September 27-December 31, 1861 -- The road to the Peninsula : January 8-March 24, 1862 -- The Peninsula campaign and the Seven Days Battles : March 25-July 27, 1862 -- The Second Battle of Manassas to Fredericksburg, Virginia : August 9-November 18, 1862 -- The Fredericksburg campaign : December 3, 1862-February 9, 1863 -- Chancellorsville, Virginia, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania : February 20-July 9, 1863 -- Orange, Virginia, to Petersburg, Virginia : August 22, 1863-October, 1864 -- Prison and home again : January 2-June 2, 1865 -- Epilogue -- Appendix A : List of the letters -- Appendix B : 9th Alabama Regiment casualties/enlistment totals -- Appendix C : 9th Alabama Regiment officers and infantry assignments -- Appendix D : Pvt. William Cowan McClellan's military record -- Appendix E : 9th Alabama regimental roster for Companies F and H.
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