cover of book
 

An Uncompromising Secessionist: The Civil War of George Knox Miller, Eighth (Wade's) Confederate Calvary
by George Knox Miller
edited by Richard M. McMurry
University of Alabama Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-0-8173-1531-3 | Paper: 978-0-8173-5740-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8145-5
Library of Congress Classification E546.5.M55 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.7468092

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Engaging letters from a gifted and perceptive Confederate cavalry officer.



This book contains the letters of George Knox Miller who served as a line officer in the Confederate cavalry and participated in almost all of the major campaigns of the Army of Tennessee. He was, clearly, a very well-educated young man. Born in 1836 in Talladega, Alabama, he developed a great love for reading and the theater and set his sights upon getting an education that would lead to a career in law or medicine; meanwhile he worked as an apprentice in a painting firm to earn tuition. Miller then enrolled in the University of Virginia, where he excelled in his studies.



Eloquent, bordering on the lyrical, the letters provide riviting first-hand accounts of cavalry raids, the monotony of camp life, and the horror of battlefield carnage. Miller gives detailed descriptions of military uniforms, cavalry tactics, and prison conditions. He conveys a deep commitment to the Confederacy, but he was also critical of Confederate policies that he felt hindered the army's efforts. Dispersed among these war-related topics is the story of Miller's budding relationship with Celestine "Cellie" McCann, the love of his life, whom he would eventually marry. Together, the letters offer significan insight into the life, heart, mind, and attitudes of an intelligent, educated, young mid-19th-century white Southerner.


See other books on: Alabama | Civil War | Letters | Personal narratives | Soldiers
See other titles from University of Alabama Press

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.