Fear of Invasion: Colonel of the First South Carolina Militia

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:
Fear of Invasion: Colonel of the First South Carolina Militia

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This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila dated from December 1, 1864 to February 27, 1865. These letters are about Griffin's first fear of invasion because while the Union forces threatened from without, the home front also had enemies from within which include Confederate deserters. Griffin was appointed colonel of the First South Carolina Militia and his letters were filled with nationalism and patriotism. He was also concerned about his slaves because the Union army were already enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation.

Keywords: James B. Griffin; wartime letters; invasion; Union forces; Confederate deserters; First South Carolina Militia; slaves; Emancipation Proclamation

Chapter.  8426 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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