By William Cowan McClellan
Brilliant and energetic letters from a tender accomplice in Lee’s Army.In the spring of 1861 a 22-year-old Alabamian did what a lot of his pals and associates have been doing—he joined the accomplice military as a volunteer. the 1st of his kinfolk to enlist, William Cowan McClellan, who served as a personal within the ninth Alabama Infantry regiment, wrote 1000's of letters during the struggle, usually penning for acquaintances who couldn't write domestic for themselves. within the letters gathered in John C. Carter’s quantity, this younger soldier reviews on his emotions towards his commanding officials, his perspective towards army self-discipline and camp lifestyles, his disdain for the western accomplice armies, and his hopes and fears for the way forward for the Confederacy.McClellan’s letters additionally comprise shiny descriptions of camp existence, battles, marches, wood accountability, and disorder and affliction within the military. The correspondence among McClellan and his relatives handled separation because of battle in addition to with different wartime problems comparable to nutrients shortages, invasion, and career. The letters additionally convey the increase and fall of morale on either the house entrance and at the battlefield, and the way they have been heavily intertwined.Remarkable for his or her humor, literacy, and matter-of-fact banter, the letters exhibit the perspective a typical soldier within the military of Northern Virginia had towards the daily task and development of the struggle. John C. Carter comprises important appendixes that checklist the letters chronologically and provide the regimental roster, casualty/enlistment totals, assignments, and McClellan’s own army checklist.