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Title:
Him on the one side and me on the other : the Civil War letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment and James Campbell, 1st South Carolina Battalion
Author:
Campbell, Alexander, 1837-1909.
Publication Information:
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xx, 190 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781570032653
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Alexander and James Campbell, born and raised in Scotland, immigrated to the United States as teenagers in the 1850s and settled in vastly different regions of the country - Alexander in New York City and James in Charleston, South Carolina. When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, Alexander and James opted to fight for their adopted states and causes: Alexander enlisted in the 79th New York "Highlanders" and James in the 1st South Carolina ("Charleston") Battalion. "Him on the One Side and Me on the Other" tells the remarkable story of these two brothers divided by the Civil War. Through their wartime letters to family and to each other, the brothers expose the deep fractures in American society caused by the most destructive war in this country's history. In the most dramatic moment in this story of the brothers' wartime experiences, the letters reveal a near-reunion on the battlefield of Secessionville, South Carolina, on June 16, 1862. There Alexander was part of the Union force that assaulted Tower Battery, a fort inhabited by James and his Confederate comrades.


Author Notes

Terry A. Johnston, Jr., a graduate of Tufts University, received a master's degree in history from Clemson University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in history at the University of Delaware


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Editorial Practicesp. xix
Introductionp. 1
1. "Many is the home that was Left fatherless"p. 12
2. "There is a great change in things here now"p. 36
3. "I would Like to be at the taking of charleston"p. 60
4. "I have done my Last soldiring"p. 90
5. "It wont be Long till I be home"p. 118
6. "I Remain Your Brother"p. 142
Epiloguep. 162
Appendix A. Chronological Listing of Lettersp. 169
Appendix B. Letter from Matthew Ralston to Alexander Campbellp. 172
Appendix C. Agricultural Holdings of James Campbellp. 175
Bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 184