Cover

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

This book is about the Civil War and its aftermath in the South. Drawn from actual correspondence, the book tells the story of a loyal Confederate planter's family that settled in the wilds of northwest Georgia. It tells how General Sherman's march through that state uprooted the family and swept them along in a relentless ...

Genealogical Chart: The Family of William Seagrove Smith

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p. xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xlv

Our purpose in this introduction is to provide enough background on the Smith family of Roswell, Georgia, to enable the reader to appreciate their Civil War correspondence, particularly with their eldest son, Willie. We will also survey extant family letters and recollections to the year 1864, when dislocation and war ...

List of Correspondents

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pp. xlvii-xlviii

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"A Time of Anxiety and Apprehension": January–May 1864

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pp. 3-44

A happy new year to you my precious child. There is little now in the outward circumstances of life to bring happiness, yet I trust we all possess that within which gives joy & peace under all circumstances. After a great deal of rain it has cleared off intensely cold & I cannot keep my thoughts from the sufferings of ...

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"Driven from Our Homes": May–November 1864

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pp. 45-140

In leaving Roswell and in becoming refugees in late May 1864, the Smiths were just ahead of the tide. When Sherman started south in May, travelers in north Georgia had already begun to notice abandoned homes in the area. Most Confederates around Atlanta thought that the decisive battle would be fought to the north of them, ...

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"The Vile Wicked Wretch": November–December 1864

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pp. 141-160

In late 1864 the Smiths had two sons to worry about. No Confederate leader knew what Sherman had in mind after he had occupied Atlanta. When he left Atlanta on November 15 to begin his famous March to the Sea, Archie and the GMI cadet battalion that was guarding the state capital at Milledgeville constituted ...

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"The Failure of Our Hopes": January–July 1865

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pp. 161-198

When he left Willie, Archie and the GMI cadets had to endure a "long and tedious" march from Hardeeville through South Carolina before halting at Bamberg, then taking trains to their new duty station at Augusta, where they were to guard the arsenal.1 Because of illness, Archie was granted leave and traveled to his family ...

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The Monument: September 1865–February 1867

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pp. 199-249

Following Willie Smith's death, the Smiths and Masons maintained a fairly regular correspondence for the next two years, a correspondence that is dominated by details of his sickness and death and preparations and negotiations for a stone to mark his grave. Owing to the disruptions in communications noted earlier, ...

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"The Last Time I Saw Him": 1869–1956

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pp. 250-267

The only member of the Smith family who is known to have visited Willie's grave site in Raleigh was Archie. In May 1869, while on his way to attend Baltimore Business College, Archie stayed with the Mason family. "We think he scarce needs a letter from us to certify who he is," wrote Archibald to the Reverend Mason, ...

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Afterword

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pp. 268-270

We do not know what Arthur replied to Robert Stephens, nor do we know what our Uncle Arthur knew about his Uncle William's life or his death. Of his other ancestors we never heard mention. We regard Arthur as one of the kindest, most generous gentlemen we have ever known, but he was also somewhat reticent, ...

Bibliography

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pp. 271-280

Index

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pp. 281-296