The Civil War Letters of Alexander McNeill, 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment (Hardback)Mac Wyckoff (editor)
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Civil War historian and documentary editor Mac Wyckoff adds context to the correspondence, more than two hundred letters that encompass the entire duration of the war. With the exception of three breaks in communication, McNeill wrote to Tinie four to five times a week and persisted to the last week of April 1865, more than two weeks after General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. In general, letters written during the final six months of the war are hard to find as are many other primary source materials for the waning war.
While this is among the largest and fullest Civil War collections, it is the literary quality of McNeill's letters and wide variety of topics reported that distinguish it from others. In frequent and lengthy missives, McNeill opened his heart and mind to Tinie, his fiancee and then wife. He fulsomely reported his experiences and thoughts on a soldier's life during this war, describing combat, camp life, the building of winter quarters, the marches, company election of officers, weather, food, and morale. McNeill chronicled his experiences at First Manassas (Bull Run), Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and other battles. A man of sophisticated opinions, McNeill voiced his personal views on political, religious and military events, and the names of fellow soldiers he liked and disliked-all illuminating his deep, dynamic character.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 704
Weight: 1066 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 48 mm
"Alexander McNeill of Kershaw's South Carolina brigade fought through most of the war with the Army of Northern Virginia, often in desperate moments and in dramatic scenes. His letters afford a rich perspective on four years of war, including a description of wading into the 'the terrible missiles of death' at Gettysburg."--Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain
"Mac Wycoff was a fortunate choice to edit the McNeill letters. The author of two published histories of the 2nd South Carolina, Wycoff brought to the task an intimate knowledge of Kershaw's command. I am short on criticism and long on praise for this remarkable collection of letters." -- Civil War News