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A Gunner in Lee’s Army

The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter

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In May 1861, Virginian Thomas Henry Carter raised anartillery battery and joined the Confederate Army. Over the next four years, herose steadily in rank from captain to colonel, placing him among the seniorartillerists in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. During the war,Carter wrote more than one hundred revealing letters to his wife, Susan, abouthis service. His interactions with prominent officers—including Lee, Jubal A.Early, John B. Gordon, Robert E. Rodes, and others—come to life in Carter’sastute comments about their conduct and personalities. Combining insightfulobservations on military operations, particularly of the Battles of Antietamand Spotsylvania Court House and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, withrevealing notes on the home front and the debate over the impressment andarming of slaves, Carter’s letters are particularly interesting because hiswriting is not overly burdened by the rhetoric of the southern ruling class.

Here, Graham Dozier offers the definitive edition of Carter’sletters, meticulously transcribed and carefully annotated. This impressive collectionbrings to light Carter’s unvarnished opinions of the people and events thatshaped his wartime experience, shedding new light on Lee’s army and Confederatelife in Virginia.


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