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By J. B. Jones,James I. Robertson Jr.

Amidst the mammoth literature of the Civil warfare, probably the most major and enlightening files continues to be principally unknown. A daily, uninterrupted, four-year chronicle by way of a mature, keenly observant clerk within the struggle division of the Confederacy, the wartime diary of John Beauchamp Jones used to be first released in volumes of small style in 1866. through the years, the diary used to be republished 3 extra times—but by no means with an index or an article equipment to lead a reader in the course of the amazing mass of knowledge it contained. released the following with an authoritative editorial framework, together with an in depth advent and endnotes, this specified checklist of the Civil battle takes its rightful position as the best simple reference instruments in Civil battle background, totally serious to check the Confederacy.

A Maryland journalist/novelist who went south on the outbreak of the battle, Jones took a role as a senior clerk within the accomplice battle division, the place he remained to the top, a continuing observer of fellows and occasions in Richmond, the center of the Confederacy and the primary goal of Union army may well. As a high-level clerk on the middle of army making plans, Jones had a rare standpoint at the Southern country in action—and not anything escaped his realization. personal documents, command-level conversations, reliable correspondence, revelations, rumors, facts, climate studies, and private evaluations: all demeanour of fabric, stumbled on nowhere else in Civil struggle literature, made its meticulous means into the diary. Jones charges rankings of dispatches and stories via either army and civilian specialists, together with letters from Robert E. Lee by no means revealed somewhere else, supplying a useful list of files that will later locate their manner into print merely in edited shape. His notes on such ephemera as climate and costs create a backdrop for the army activities and political maneuverings he describes, all with the really apt eye of a professional author and observer of southern life.

James I. Robertson, Jr., presents introductions to every quantity, over 2,700 endnotes that determine, make clear, and extend on Jones's fabric, and a primary ever index which makes Jones's special insights and observations available to readers, who will locate within the pages of A insurgent warfare Clerk's Diary probably the most whole and richly textured debts of the Civil warfare ever to be composed on the very middle of the Confederacy.

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