Confederate Guerrilla: The Civil War Memoir of Joseph M. Bailey

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University of Arkansas Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 148 pages
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Joseph M. Baileyas memoir, Confederate Guerrilla, provides a unique perspective on the fighting that took place behind Union lines in Federal-occupied northwest Arkansas during and after the Civil War. This storyanow published for the first timeawill appeal to modern readers interested in the grassroots history of the Trans-Mississippi war. Bailey participated in the Battle of Pea Ridge and the siege of Port Hudson, eventually escaping to northwest Arkansas where he fought as a guerrilla against Federal troops and civilian unionists. After Federal forces gained control of the area, Bailey rejoined the Confederate army and continued in regular service in northeast Texas until the end of the war.


Historians will find the descriptions of military campaigns and the observations on guerrilla war especially valuable. According to Bailey, Southern guerrillas were motivated less by a sense of loyalty to either the Confederate or Union side than by a determination to protect their families and neighbors from the aMountain Federals.a This partisan war waged between the rebel guerrillas and Southern Unionists was essentially a astruggle for supremacy and revenge.a

Comprehensive annotations are provided by editor T. Lindsay Baker to illuminate the clarity and reliability of Baileyas late-life memoir.

  

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Contents

THE STORY BEGINS
1
BECOMING A SOLDIER Wilsons Creek and Pea Ridge
8
FIGHTING IN MISSISSIPPI
17
SIEGE OF PORT HUDSON AND ESCAPE
22
LIFE AS A GUERRILLA IN ARKANSAS
35
COLLAPSE OF THE CONFEDERACY
62
NOTES
73
BIBLIOGRAPHY
129
INDEX
141
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-->T. Lindsay Baker, --> who holds the W. K. Gordon Chair in Industrial History at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, is Director of the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History, Thurber, Texas, and editor of the Windmiller's Gazette. He is the author of A Field Guide to American Windmills and North American Windmill Manufacturers' Trade Literature: A Descriptive Guide.

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