Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies

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Published for the Hood Orphan Memorial Fund, G.T. Beauregard, 1880 - Texas - 358 pages
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This is an engaging first person narrative of experiences in the army during the American Civil War.

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I have hesitated to read this book since autobiographies are very biased and this is one with the worse reputation. Knowing this I questioned his writings for which is true and which is his desires ... Read full review

Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies

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These remembrances by a Confederate officer were published posthumously in 1880. Though only a colonel, Hood managed to wrestle command of the army of Tennessee away from Gen. Joe Johnston (mentioned ... Read full review

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Page 239 - ... outcasts, and exiles, and to subsist on charity? We do not know as yet the number of people still here; of those who are here, we are satisfied a respectable number, if allowed to remain at home, could subsist for several months without assistance, and a respectable number for a much longer time, and who might not need assistance at any time. In conclusion, we most earnestly and solemnly petition you to reconsider this order, or modify it, and suffer this unfortunate people to remain at home,...
Page 232 - Southerner among you ! If we must be enemies, let us be men, and fight it out as we propose to do, and not deal in such hypocritical appeals to God and humanity.
Page 278 - Behind us lay Atlanta, smouldering and in ruins, the black smoke rising high in air, and hanging like a pall over the ruined city.
Page 231 - In the name of common sense, I ask you not to appeal to a just God in such a sacrilegious manner. You, who in the midst of peace and prosperity have plunged a nation into war, dark and cruel war...
Page 305 - If you delay attack longer the mortifying spectacle will be witnessed of a rebel army moving for the Ohio River, and you will be forced to act, accepting such weather as you find. Let there be no further delay.
Page 241 - The lawfulness of the end does not give us a real right to anything farther than barely the means necessary for the attainment of that end. Whatever we do beyond that, is reprobated by the law of nature, is faulty, and condemnable at the tribunal of conscience. Hence it is, that the right to such or such acts of hostility varies according to circumstances. What is just and perfectly innocent in war, in one particular situation, is not always so on other occasions. Right goes hand in hand with necessity...
Page 230 - And now, sir, permit me to say that the unprecedented measure you propose transcends, in studied and ingenious cruelty, all acts ever before brought to my attention in the dark history of war.
Page 229 - Army. GENERAL: — I have deemed it to the interest of the United States that the citizens now residing in Atlanta should remove, those who prefer it to go South and the rest North. For the latter I can provide food and transportation to points of their election in Tennessee, Kentucky, or farther north. For the former I can provide transportation by cars as far as Rough and Ready, and also wagons; but that their removal may be made with as little discomfort as possible it will be necessary for you...
Page 137 - I agree with you also in believing that our Army would be invincible if it could be properly organized and officered. There never were such men in an Army before. They will go anywhere and do anything if properly led.
Page 234 - You say we seized upon your forts and arsenals and made prisoners of the garrisons sent to protect us against negroes and Indians. The truth is, we, by force of arms, drove out insolent intruders, and took possession of our own forts and arsenals to resist your...

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