Chapter

Retreat to the Rappahannock

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/9780195093124.003.0004
Retreat to the Rappahannock

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This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila dated from February 27 to April 1862. These letters are about the Confederate forces' retreat from the Occoquan River to Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the establishment of a new line of defense on the Rappahannock River. Griffin also sent Leila instructions on spring planting and told her that he was again under marching orders as the Federal troops began massing for an amphibious landing farther down the Virginia coast, below Yorktown.

Keywords: James B. Griffin; wartime letters; retreat; Occoquan River; Fredericksburg; Virginia; Rappahannock River; Federal troops

Chapter.  12206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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