RECOLLECTIONS OF THOMAS D. DUNCAN, A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER. Annotated and Illustrated. Thomas D. Duncan

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RECOLLECTIONS OF THOMAS D. DUNCAN, A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER. Annotated and Illustrated. by Thomas D. Duncan
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When he was 76 years old, Thomas D. Duncan, encouraged by his daughters, set about to write down his memories of the time he spent as a youth serving in the Confederate army.He first joined the “Corinth Rifles” a unit of men from North Mississippi,MoreWhen he was 76 years old, Thomas D. Duncan, encouraged by his daughters, set about to write down his memories of the time he spent as a youth serving in the Confederate army.He first joined the “Corinth Rifles” a unit of men from North Mississippi, many of whom were later merged into the 9th Mississippi Volunteer Regiment, Confederate States of America.When the 9th was sent to Pensacola, Florida, Duncan did not go because he was under age and his father refused to give him permission to go so far from home.

His father did allow him to join a cavalry unit commanded by the legendary Nathan Bedford Forrest.Here we get a good firsthand account of what it was like to serve under Forrest. Thomas Duncan gives a fascinating account of service with the Confederate Cavalry in the Army of Tennessee. He details the Battles in which he served: The Battles of Shiloh, Rienzi, Murphreesboro, Corinth, Chickamauga, and Fort Pillow (where his defense of Forrest’s conduct is lucid and convincing.)Duncan tells of the inevitable personal sorrow and loss of war: how his brother was killed, and how he caught him as he fell.

He describes how he wrapped the body in a blanket and carried it 60 miles to the main column of soldiers. There, General Stephen D. Lee procured for him an ambulance to take his brother’s body to Pontotoc, Mississippi, for burial.The author continues with the Battles of Brice’s Crossroads, Harrisburg and Tupelo, the bold and legendary “Forrest’s Raid into Memphis,” the Battle of Sulfur Trestle, Alabama, and the Fourth Invasion of Tennessee.

He discusses the dark days nearing war’s end and Reconstruction. He ends on a high note of reconciliation and pride in the united nation with Americanism triumphant in the First World War.



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