Chapter

Tour of Duty Ends

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/9780195093124.003.0006
Tour of Duty Ends

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This chapter presents one of Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila dated August 29, 1862. This letter is about the end of Griffin's tour of duty. His dilemma over remaining in the Hampton Legion or returning home was resolved when he was defeated in the election. Griffin also told his wife that he had to choose between two offers: prestige and prospective glory with the Hampton Legion or safe reserve duty at home near his family.

Keywords: James B. Griffin; eletion; tour of duty; Hampton Legion; family

Chapter.  1661 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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