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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Recounted by an ordinary Confederate soldier turned Southern guerrilla, Joseph M. Bailey's memoir, Confederate Guerrilla, provides a unique perspective on the fighting that took place behind Union lines in Federal-occupied northwest Arkansas during the American Civil War. Bailey's story - now published for the first time - will appeal to modern readers' interest in the grassroots history of the Trans-Mississippi war. He participated in such engagements as the Battle of Pea Ridge and the siege of Port Hudson and, at the Port Hudson surrender, escaped 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.
  

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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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About the author (2007)

T. Lindsay Baker is the W. K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas Industrial History and the director of the W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, Tarleton State University. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including the award-winning Lighthouses of Texas and the forthcoming American Windmills: An Album of Historic Photographs.

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