Fort Sumter to Manassas

Judith N. McArthur and Orville Vernon Burton

in “A Gentleman and an Officer”

Published in print January 1998 | ISBN: 9780195093124
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853915 | DOI:
Fort Sumter to Manassas

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This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila in South Carolina dated from April 14 to September 17, 1861. These letters are about Griffin's arrival in Fort Sumter, his commissioning as major of cavalry in the Hampton Legion, his recruitment of volunteers in Columbia and his preparation to move his squadron to Virginia. Griffin also expressed his disappointment over the shortage of troop trains which delayed the Hampton Legion cavalry from reaching Manassas in time to take part in the stunning Confederate victory on 21 July and told his wife about his promotion to lieutenant colonel.

Keywords: James B. Griffin; wartime letters; South Carolina; Fort Sumter; Hampton Legion; Manassas; military promotion; military recruitment

Chapter.  17915 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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