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Clingman's Brigade in the Confederacy, 1862-1865
Casstevens, Frances Harding.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

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x, 253 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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E547.C625 C37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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On November 11, 1862, Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingman, despite a lack of formal military training, was named commander of four regiments sent to North Carolina to prevent Federal troops from making further inroads into the state. Clingman has been called one of North Carolina's most colorful and controversial statesmen, but his military career received little attention from his contemporaries and has been practically ignored by later historians.This work determines the effect Clingman's Brigade had on various battles and in various defensive positions. It also corrects falsehoods by providing a more accurate portrayal of Clingman, the brigade, and the problems it faced. Chapters are devoted to Clingman in his civilian life and his military life, battles fought by the brigade, and the four regiments. Appendices include Clingman's two order books (detailing general and specific orders), a roster of his officers, and miscellaneous letters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
I. Clingman's Brigade--An Introductionp. 1
II. Thomas L. Clingman--The Manp. 7
III. Thomas L. Clingman--The Colonelp. 22
IV. Battles: 1862-1863p. 31
V. Battles: 1864p. 52
VI. Battles: 1865p. 90
VII. A History of the 8th Regimentp. 98
VIII. A History of the 31st Regimentp. 106
IX. A History of the 51st Regimentp. 111
X. A History of the 61st Regimentp. 120
XI. Heroes, Cowards or Foolsp. 131
XII. Problems of a Brigade Commanderp. 149
XIII. Evaluation and Summaryp. 166
Appendix A. Clingman's Order Book 1--General Orders Issued by Brigadier General Thomas Lanier Clingmanp. 181
Appendix B. Clingman's Order Book 2--Specific Ordersp. 191
Appendix C. The Men Who Made Up Clingman's Brigade--Officersp. 230
Appendix D. Miscellaneous Lettersp. 232
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 249