Chapter

Guarding the Potomac Line

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.003.0003
Guarding the Potomac Line

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This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila and son Willie dated from January 2 to February 1862. There letters are about Griffin's brush with death after his arm was almost paralyzed, his troops guarding of the Potomac line and his cavalry's move to Dumfries to join the Texas Brigade. Griffin rejoined his command in November 1861 and by December 1 the infantry and artillery reunited and went into winter quarters near the mouth of the Occoquan River. He also expressed his homesickness and related the improvement in his health.

Keywords: James B. Griffin; wartime letters; Potomac River; Texas Brigade; health condition; cavalry; homesickness

Chapter.  17861 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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