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Author Weaver, James Riley, 1839-1920, author.

Title James Riley Weaver's Civil War : the diary of a Union cavalry officer and prisoner of war, 1863-1865 / edited by John T. Schlotterbeck, Wesley W. Wilson, Midori Kawaue, and Harold A. Klingensmith
Published Kent, Ohio : The Kent State University Press, [2019]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 308 pages)
Series Civil War soldiers and strategies
Civil War soldiers and strategies.
Contents Cover; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Abbreviations; Editorial Method; Prologue: Instilling the "Ideal of Christian Manhood," 1839-1863; One: "The Arts and Scenes of Active Warfare": The Making of a Cavalry Officer, June 1-July 17, 1863; Two: "Slept to Dream of War but Woke to Find All Quiet": Campaigning in Northern Virginia, July 18-October 11, 1863; Three: "What a Little World in Itself Have We in Libby": Libby Prison, Richmond, October 12, 1863-January 16, 1864
Eight: "Sitting Outside My Tent Penning These Lines": Camp Asylum, Columbia, South Carolina, December 12, 1864-February 13, 1865Nine: "Altho All These Things Seemed as of Former Days, Yet I Could Not Realize That I Was Free": Homeward Bound, February 14-April 1, 1865; Epilogue: Students Are "Co-Laborers with the Instructor in the Investigation of Specific Subjects": Weaver's Postwar Career, 1865-1920; Appendix: James Riley Weaver, "A Phi Psi's Christmas in Libby," The Shield of Phi Kappa Psi (1899); Chronology; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
Four: "Our Happiness Is Alloyed by the Fear of Being Disappointed": Libby Prison, Richmond, January 17-May 6, 1864Five: "Think of Home and Wonder When the Space That Now Separates Us Will Be Traversed": Macon, Georgia, May 7-July 27, 1864; Six: "They Go High Like a Shooting Meteor and Fall Abruptly as a Star": Charleston, South Carolina, July 28-October 5, 1864; Seven: "Escape Has Been the Order of the Day": Camp Sorghum, Columbia, South Carolina, October 6-December 11, 1864
Summary 666 days of diary entries documenting the life of a Union officer held in Confederate prisons. Captured on October 11, 1863, James Riley Weaver, a Union cavalry officer, spent nearly seventeen months in Confederate prisons. Remarkably, Weaver kept a diary that documents 666 consecutive days of his experience, including not only his life in a series of prisons throughout the South, but his precaptivity cavalry duties, and his eventual return to civilian life. It is an unparalleled eyewitness account of a crucial part of our history. Weaver's observations never veer into romanticized descriptions; instead, he describes the "little world" inside each prison and outdoor camp, describing men drawn from "every class of society, high and low, rich and poor, from every country and clime." In addition, Weaver records details about life in the Confederacy that he gleans from visitors, guards, new arrivals, recaptured escapees, Southern newspapers, and even glimpses through windows. As the editors demonstrate, Weaver's diary-keeping provided an outlet for expressing suppressed emotions, ruminating on a seemingly endless confinement that tested his patriotism, religious faith, and will to survive. In the process, he provides not only historically important information but also keen insights into the human condition under adversity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 22, 2019)
Subject Weaver, James Riley, 1839-1920 -- Diaries.
United States. Army. Cavalry -- Officers -- Diaries.
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, 18th (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Cavalry.
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, 18th (1862-1865)
Prisoners of war -- United States -- Diaries.
Soldiers -- Pennsylvania -- Diaries
Armed Forces -- Officers.
Prisoners of war.
Regimental histories.
Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories.
United States.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
Author Kawaue, Midori, editor.
Klingensmith, Harold A. (Tony), editor.
Schlotterbeck, John T., editor.
Wilson, Wesley (Wesley W.), editor.
ISBN 163101353X