By George Knox Miller
Attractive letters from a talented and perceptive accomplice cavalry officer.This e-book includes the letters of George Knox Miller who served as a line officer within the accomplice cavalry and took part in just about all of the key campaigns of the military of Tennessee. He was once, basically, a truly well-educated younger guy. Born in 1836 in Talladega, Alabama, he built an excellent love for studying and the theater and set his attractions after you have an schooling that may bring about a occupation in legislation or medication; in the meantime he labored as an apprentice in a portray enterprise to earn college. Miller then enrolled within the college of Virginia, the place he excelled in his studies.Eloquent, bordering at the lyrical, the letters offer riviting first-hand debts of cavalry raids, the monotony of camp lifestyles, and the horror of battlefield carnage. Miller supplies designated descriptions of army uniforms, cavalry strategies, and criminal stipulations. He conveys a deep dedication to the Confederacy, yet he used to be additionally severe of accomplice regulations that he felt hindered the army's efforts. Dispersed between those war-related subject matters is the tale of Miller's budding courting with Celestine "Cellie" McCann, the affection of his existence, whom he might ultimately marry. jointly, the letters supply significan perception into the existence, center, brain, and attitudes of an clever, proficient, younger mid-19th-century white Southerner.
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1860 letter. GK M obviously wanted Celestine to inquire as to the object of his attention so that he could “employ” her as a “proxy” to herself. 5. See GK M’s 24 Feb. 1861 letter. 16 December 1860 Richland, So. , December 16th, 1860 My Dear Sir [K nox Miller]. Yours dated the 6th inst. [not found] is at hand. Enclosed you will ¤nd a draft on New York for one hundred and twenty-¤ve dollars, for 20 / Prewar which I had to pay three per cent premium. Exchange on New York is higher now than it has been for a long time, and it is expected to go even higher.
All I can say is that I too did not wish to give trouble for mine was the very opposite of chum’s case. I was on the verge of despair, thinking that even should an angel intervene, still it would be of no avail—I had no cause to hope then, nor have I yet; and now since my want of gallantry has given offence can there be any remedy? If I thought any hope remained I would try it. At any rate I will come like an humble penitent and cry you mercy—look gently on my past offenses & forgive if I am wrong.
I could write all night, but would not be so cruel as to tax your patience with the reading of so many lines with such little substance—and 6 / Prewar will close. ] in one respect. Do please favor me soon with a kind word—be sure & write just as you think, and I’ll be more than pleased, and in the meantime and hereafter consider me. Your most sincere & devoted friend, Geo. K. S. I shall start for the University the last week in September. Notes for 8 September 1860 1. 73. The quotation was also the motto of the Order of the Garter established in 1349 by K ing Edward III and as such is discussed in the writings of Sir Walter Scott (Essay on Chivalry) and David Hume (History of England).
An Uncompromising Secessionist: The Civil War of George Knox Miller, Eighth (Wade's) Confederate Cavalry by George Knox Miller