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From Western Deserts to Carolina Swamps
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While eyewitness accounts of the Civil War by enlisted men are uncommon, even scarcer are personal narratives from the Civil War in the West. These journals and letters were written by Lewis Roe, an Illinois farm boy who served in the 7th U.S. Infantry and the 50th Illinois Volunteer Infantry between 1860 and 1865. They offer details of an epic march from Fort Bridger, Wyoming, to New Mexico, a firsthand account of the Battle of Valverde (1862), and Roe’s efforts to understand ongoing events as the country rushed toward the outbreak of hostilities. Later in the war, Roe documented the Union occupation of Rome, Georgia, and the battle of Allatoona, and left us a candid account of an enlisted man’s experiences with Sherman’s army on its March to the Sea and in the Carolinas Campaign. His relative objectivity and attention to everyday details make this valuable record a lively read.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures and Maps
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1: The Search for Lewis Roe
  2. pp. 7-24
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  1. 2: Retracing the March of the 7th Infantry, June–August 1860
  2. pp. 25-39
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  1. 3: Fort Bridger to Fort Craig; Lewis Roe’s 1860 Diary
  2. pp. 40-53
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  1. 4: Escort Duty in the Southwest and the Battle of Valverde
  2. pp. 54-66
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  1. 5: Reenlistment, Joining Sherman’s Army, and the Beginning of the Atlanta Campaign, February–May 22, 1864
  2. pp. 67-89
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  1. 6: Rome, Georgia, and the Battle of Allatoona, May 23–November 9, 1864
  2. pp. 90-134
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  1. 7: The March to the Sea, November 10–December 14, 1864
  2. pp. 135-152
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  1. 8: Savannah, Georgia, December 15, 1864–January 26, 1865
  2. pp. 153-167
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  1. 9: Up Through the Carolinas, January 27–March 27, 1865
  2. pp. 168-200
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  1. 10: The End of the War and Home Again, April–July 1865
  2. pp. 201-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-254
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  1. References
  2. pp. 255-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-280
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  1. Back Cover
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