By J. B. Jones,James I. Robertson Jr.
Amidst the enormous literature of the Civil warfare, probably the most major and enlightening files is still mostly unknown. A daily, uninterrupted, four-year chronicle via a mature, keenly observant clerk within the struggle division of the Confederacy, the wartime diary of John Beauchamp Jones was once first released in volumes of small sort in 1866. through the years, the diary was once republished 3 extra times—but by no means with an index or a piece of writing equipment to steer a reader during the amazing mass of data it contained. released right here with an authoritative editorial framework, together with an intensive creation and endnotes, this specified list of the Civil conflict takes its rightful position as the best easy reference instruments in Civil warfare background, completely serious to check the Confederacy.
A Maryland journalist/novelist who went south on the outbreak of the warfare, Jones took a role as a senior clerk within the accomplice struggle division, the place he remained to the tip, a relentless observer of guys and occasions in Richmond, the center of the Confederacy and the crucial aim of Union army may well. As a high-level clerk on the middle of army making plans, Jones had a unprecedented standpoint at the Southern country in action—and not anything escaped his cognizance. personal records, command-level conversations, authentic correspondence, revelations, rumors, records, climate stories, and private critiques: all demeanour of fabric, came across nowhere else in Civil warfare literature, made its meticulous method into the diary. Jones costs rankings of dispatches and studies through either army and civilian experts, together with letters from Robert E. Lee by no means revealed in other places, offering a useful checklist of files that might later locate their manner into print in simple terms in edited shape. His notes on such ephemera as climate and costs create a backdrop for the army pursuits and political maneuverings he describes, all with the really appropriate eye of a pro author and observer of southern life.
James I. Robertson, Jr., offers introductions to every quantity, over 2,700 endnotes that determine, make clear, and extend on Jones's fabric, and a primary ever index which makes Jones's targeted insights and observations available to readers, who will locate within the pages of A insurgent warfare Clerk's Diary the most entire and richly textured money owed of the Civil warfare ever to be composed on the very center of the Confederacy.