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

Amidst the huge literature of the Civil warfare, the most major and enlightening records is still principally unknown. A daily, uninterrupted, four-year chronicle by means of a mature, keenly observant clerk within the warfare division of the Confederacy, the wartime diary of John Beauchamp Jones was once first released in volumes of small variety in 1866. through the years, the diary used to be republished 3 extra times—but by no means with an index or a piece of writing gear to steer a reader in the course of the striking mass of data it contained. released the following with an authoritative editorial framework, together with an intensive creation and endnotes, this designated checklist of the Civil warfare takes its rightful position as the most effective simple reference instruments in Civil struggle historical past, completely serious to check the Confederacy.

A Maryland journalist/novelist who went south on the outbreak of the battle, Jones took a task as a senior clerk within the accomplice struggle division, the place he remained to the tip, a relentless observer of fellows and occasions in Richmond, the guts of the Confederacy and the important objective of Union army may well. As a high-level clerk on the heart of army making plans, Jones had a unprecedented viewpoint at the Southern state in action—and not anything escaped his consciousness. exclusive documents, command-level conversations, respectable correspondence, revelations, rumors, facts, climate stories, and private reviews: all demeanour of fabric, chanced on nowhere else in Civil struggle literature, made its meticulous method into the diary. Jones prices ratings of dispatches and studies via either army and civilian experts, together with letters from Robert E. Lee by no means published somewhere else, offering a useful list of records that might later locate their approach into print in simple terms 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 sensible eye of a professional author and observer of southern life.

James I. Robertson, Jr., presents introductions to every quantity, over 2,700 endnotes that establish, make clear, and extend on Jones's fabric, and a primary ever index which makes Jones's precise insights and observations obtainable to readers, who will locate within the pages of A insurgent conflict Clerk's Diary some of the most entire and richly textured money owed of the Civil battle ever to be composed on the very center of the Confederacy.

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