Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
E. Augustus Garrison Journal, 1861-1869

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, November 1997

Summary Information
Title: E. Augustus Garrison journal
Creator: Garrison, E. Augustus, b. 1841
Inclusive dates: 1861-1869
Extent: 244 pages
Abstract:
The journal of E. Augustus Garrison documents his work as a lay preacher to his family's slaves, duties as a sergeant in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion (later the 48th Mississippi Infantry) and chaplain to the 48th Mississippi Infantry, and post-Civil War efforts to reconstruct his (prewar) life as a cotton planter.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1976. M-1730.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Alternate Format:

The E. Augustus Garrison journal has been microfilmed.

Preferred Citation:

E. Augustus Garrison journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Garrison, E. Augustus, b. 1841

Rank : Corporal; Sergeant (1861 November); Chaplain

Regiment : C.S.A. Mississippi Battalion, 2nd (1861-1863); 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Co. F (1863-1865)

Service : 1861 September-1865 June 15

Gus Garrison was barely out of his teens when he responded to the siren call of Southern patriotism and enlisted for service in the Civil War. The son of a cotton planter and slave holder from Copiah County, Miss., Garrison still lived with his parents on their plantation, "Ottawa," near Port Gibson, but at twenty, he was beginning to feel his own way in the world. An active social life centering on his church, Sunday school, and the girls' seminary in near by Port Gibson kept him busy on the personal front, while professionally, he groped toward his future. Although he had studied as an attorney in 1859, he elected not to pursue a legal career, apparently opting to follow his father into cotton. At the same time, he indulged an avocational interest as an unofficial lay preacher (Methodist Episcopal), exhorting weekly to the family slaves from texts such as Hebrews 2X3 -- "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation" -- which he read to a house "crowded with Afric's sable sons & Daughters" (p. 40-41). Unsurprisingly, Garrison found slavery to be unproblematic, even a positive good, seeing "how merrily [the slaves] sing while the[y] pull the waving leaves from the stalks" (p. 36).

With news of Bull Run and Wilson's Creek pealing in their ears, Garrison and his brother, Frank, began seriously to consider enlisting in July, 1861, and in September, Gus took the plunge, joining the Claiborne Volunteers of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion. "I feel that it is my duty to go," he wrote, "[I] know that I will be doing right and if permitted to return home I will feel confident that I went to Battle from a sense of duty -- if I die facing the enemy or from disease I feel it is 'All Well' -- To die in defence of ones Religion and ones country are nearly alike -- both glorious" (p. 55). Although he preferred to serve nearer home, Gus did not flinch when he was sent to Virginia, where, in his telling of it, the regiment met with an unparalleled series of victories over the federal aggressors on the Peninsula during the spring and summer, 1862. After the Seven Days' Battles, he concluded that the conflict had "proved to the North the utter impossibility of subjugating the South" (p. 67).

The North, however, stubbornly persisted, and Garrison was thrown into the exhausting series of battles and marches from 2nd Bull Run to Antietam and Fredericksburg. As both armies retired into winter quarters in December, two soldiers from each company of the Battalion were granted leave to return home, and although Garrison's number did not come up, he was detailed home on recruiting duty in January, 1863, during which time the Battalion was enlarged and re-designated the 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. In odd interlude at home, Garrison seems to have done his best to recreate his pre-war life of socializing and attending church, though around him, everything had changed. His brother, Frank, had left home to accept a commission in Co K, 36th Mississippi Infantry, the women he knew had physically matured, the seats at Sunday school were nearly emptied, and Port Gibson was rapidly being fortified in the face of the federal offensive on the Mississippi. But for Garrison, who remained confident in the certainty of southern arms, an eerie sense of normality pervaded and in his mind, the prospect of victory and a return to the life he had always known was just around the bend.

Returning to the front in May, Garrison resumed his duties as Sergeant of Co. F, but after a group of officers heard him preaching one day, he was solicited as chaplain, to which Garrison consented only if it were "the unanimous wish of the Reg't" (p. 107). After every enlisted man in the regiment signed a petition circulated by the officers, and following a delay for the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, Garrison became chaplain. This change of status, however, did little to change his basic outlook on the war. Even the deaths of a several friends at Gettysburg had no measurable effect -- victory would be theirs -- and the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania the following spring left him no less steadfast, while Petersburg, particularly the Crater, only confirmed his beliefs. In his eyes, the fall of Petersburg in April, 1865, was the first "real defeat" suffered by the Army of Northern Virginia.

On April 6, after retreating with the Army of Northern Virginia into North Carolina, Garrison was taken prisoner and sent to the Old Capitol Prison in D.C., and then to Johnson's Island. He was held only until June 15, when his uncle Frank procured a special order from President Johnson permitting his release. Upon returning home, Garrison tersely summed up his service: "Corporal in 62 -- Sergt in /63 then Chaplain -- prisoner, taken Johnsons Island -- liberated through the influence of friends by order from Pres. Johnson June 15, /65, home in June" (p. 58). At home, he soon discovered that the war had exacted a greater cost than he had suspected: in January, 1865, his brother Frank had died of wounds while in federal hands.

Garrison soon began the task of rebuilding his life, first continuing in the profession he had staked out in the military, the ministry. In October, 1865, he was received on trial as a traveling preacher for the Mississippi Annual Conference, but surprisingly, upon returning home, he never pursued preaching further. Instead, Garrison did his best to recreate plantation life as he had known it prior to the war to the best of his ability, and he resumed his personal life with some gusto. On December 1, 1865 he married Mary Melissa Hickey against the advice of friends and family, and a month later, bought "the Heartly Place" for ten bales of cotton, rechristening it Sunnyside. Hiring freedmen and their families who had apparently once been his family's slaves, Garrison planted cotton and worked his own patch of vegetables, "having no one to work in it but myself" (p. 137). He was secure that agriculture, the center of their antebellum lives, would always provide, and predicted that in ten years, he would be worth double the worth of his antagonists up north. "Looking at our situation," he concluded, "knowing the many unfortunates in our land, we should feel grateful for the blessings which surround us" (p. 139). The following year, having let his preaching remain idle, Garrison was dropped from the minutes of the Mississippi Annual Conference, "perhaps it is best," he wrote, "not one preacher wrote me a word of sympathy counsel or advice" (p. 159).

Clearly, whatever the state of the nation, whatever the outcome of the war, reconstruction for Garrison meant only the desire to reconstruct the life he had known before the war, undiminished and unaltered. Politically, he had difficulty coping with the new "radical" climate, and he clung to views that he considered southern, "conservative," and soundly American. His bitterness and anger erupted at rumors of Jefferson Davis' chaining while in prison, crying "shame, shame -- may God almighty chain deep down in Eternal Hell the Officer, civil or military who gave the order to chain the Ex-President of the Southern Confederacy -- and one of the very greatest men, that ever lived." Showing how little his spirit had altered in the past five years, he added, "Hurrah for Davis -- yes I am whipped, but I was a ' Rebel '" (p. 141).

Similarly, although the market in labor had changed abruptly from chattel slavery to sharecropping, Garrison remained unreconstructed in his controlling, domineering attitude toward African Americans. If anything, his views seem gradually to have hardened as the reality of his formal position of authority over Blacks began to sink in. He could never shake the belief that white physical force was essential to maintain proper social order, and he was equally certain that total deference was required of Blacks. Upon hearing that his former slave, Wade, had made "some very pompous remarks" to his wife, Garrison broke a stick over the freedman's head, despite Wade's protestations of innocence. In a telling turn of events, when Wade sought the support of Squire Peck, he was informed that he had better return to work -- a telling instance of white solidarity -- after which Wade apparently chose to leave.

Garrison frequently fulminated over the "lazziness" of his hands, over their "thieving" and "disrespectful" attitudes, and he criticized his own father for failing to discipline his hands as Gus though proper: "Pa will allow negroes to reply to his words in a manner very disrespectful and only tells them, 'Don't you talk that way to me.' The negro knows that is all he will have to hear and, of course it only makes him more unruly" (p. 164). Instead, Garrison suggested his father "pay Freedmen when they work hard & not pay them when they work but 1/3 of their time" (p. 186), and as his behavior with Wade confirmed, corporal punishment was never out of the question. Witnessing a fight between his overseer, Emmett, and a freedman, Pass, who was late coming into the field, Garrison was equally of the opinion that a failure to subordinate Blacks was at the root, claiming that "the main cause of the fuss is Emmett equalizing himself too much with the negroes -- associating with them sundays & leisure times, it will ruin any negro by upsetting him -- & lower any white person" (p. 197). If held properly under the thumb of whites, Garrison was certain that southern Blacks would respond.

The strains of the transition into a new social and economic order took their toll on the Garrison family. Following the birth of his first child born August 29, 1866, Thomas Augustus, two of his brothers abandoned the shattered fields of Mississippi for Nebraska, representing the first voluntary separation in the family. While Garrison himself refused to leave, the partial failure of his crops and poor economy forced him to sell Sunnyside and move into a cottage on his father's plantation, where he launched frantically into a plan to economize. Just as he carped at his father for failing to run the plantation properly, he assailed his mother for failing to discipline her daughter, Gusta, whose tastes and willfulness outstripped Garrison's sense of the family's means. Worse, his wife's refusal to adjust to their new world left him despairing. "I see daily for over a year acts which no true women & amiable wife would do," he wrote. "No thought about any one. No care to please no sacrifice to make others happy -- but seemingly bent on making herself miserable and as many more as possible" (p. 169). The changes in his life, he concluded, had led him away from prayer, and twice toward suicide.

Clinging to the belief that the southern army had tasted defeat only once, his continued to vent his ire on the "Mad Radicals" in Congress , who were "working for our destruction" by imposing martial law in Mississippi, impeaching the President, and seeking to extend suffrage to Blacks and women. Surprisingly, he was not rigidly opposed to Black suffrage, arguing that "there are some negroes who would make a great deal better voters than many white men," though, perhaps thinking of his wife, he felt that "ladies had better let the polls alone" (p. 162). The meaning of his qualified endorsement of Black suffrage became clearer in 1868, when he attended a barbecue at which Gov. A.G. Brown gave a wonderful speech, a "good sensible speech, a conservative Southern Union one." Two Black speakers followed Brown and gave "a sensible talk," filled with "good wholesome advice to their culled bredden." Impressed by these two, Garrison wrote "I firmly believe if the whites would but conquer their prejudices and act as many think they should, that we could easily turn the black voters of the South for the South & against radicalism" (p. 209).

Feeling the pressure of a growing family, the shortage of money, the financial carelessness of his parents, and the waywardness of Gusta, Garrison found himself far from his antebellum ideals. Having abandoned prayer at times in the pursuit of the secular, he found that his case was not unique. He and his fellow white Mississippians had become preoccupied by the economy and crops, leaving room for "only the body not the mind -- the present not the past & future..." (p. 177). He constantly returned to the theme of economizing, hoping to build a nest egg to better their impoverished lives, but this seems merely to have generated greater tension with his wife over the lack of new clothing, fine foods, and comfort. In June, 1869, Garrison began to work for S.P. Moore & Co. of Memphis, as a "blower," selling patent medicine for a month, but unable to tolerate the separation from family, he returned home. Shortly thereafter, he sold his farm, his stock and all of his tools, "tired with planting with present labor" (p. 232), and entered into a partnership to manage a carriage, wagon and plow shop (Garrison, Walls & Co.) in Crystal Springs.


Collection Scope and Content Note

As the journal of E. Augustus Garrison opens, the Civil War looms as a reality just beginning to touch his home in Copiah County, Miss., and it ends eight years later, after his life has taken a complete and irreversible turn. From his trials as a lay preacher to his family's slaves, through duty as a sergeant in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Battalion (later the 48th Mississippi Infantry) and chaplain to the 48th Mississippi Infantry, to his scrapping efforts to reconstruct the genteel life he had known before the war as a cotton planter, Garrison's journal probes deeply into the mentality of a young man coming to grips with the enormous changes confronting the nation in the 1860s.

During the war, Garrison kept his journal only sporadically, and most of his military experiences are recounted in memoir form, written after the fact from recollection, notes, or other journals. The narrative veers in form from daily journal to memoir, sometimes seamlessly, sometimes with odd gaps or elisions. This organization leads to some periods far better documented than others. Particularly well documented are those periods while Garrison was at home before enlisting, and on leave during the first five months of 1863 and in October, 1864 -- precisely when his military duties were at a minimum. Though written after the fact, his descriptions of the Peninsular Campaign are fine accounts of the clever campaign waged by Confederate commanders to delay the advance of the Army of the Potomac, and though far briefer, his accounts of Antietam, Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg, particularly the Crater, provide useful, small anecdotes. But it is Garrison's willful decision to ignore the changing tide of fortunes of Confederate arms, his desire utterly to ignore federal victories on either the small scale or grand that makes his memoirs so interesting. His pervasive belief in the righteousness of his cause and his faith in Confederate arms arches over everything, leaving him secure in his belief that Southern manhood was never defeated, and unable to accept the changes in status that resulted from the loss of the war.

The hardships of the first four years of Reconstruction are well portrayed in the second half of the journal, and historically, are among the most important parts of the journal. A palpable sense of the pain, arrogance, and indignation that characterize Garrison's attitude smolders in his heart before leaping into the flames of family turmoil. The quixotic mixture of doting upon his infant son and bitter criticism of his parents and wife appears to arise directly out of Garrison's changing social and political position, filtered through the personal, and in this way the journal provides an intimate sense of the adjustments that many southern planters endured during Reconstruction, and their ways of coping with a new political system in which the possibility of equality seemed to threaten. Through Garrison's eyes as well, a more diffuse view of some of the adjustments required of freedmen emerges, as the transition from slavery, through contract labor into sharecropping runs full cycle.

Among numerous vignettes from the Reconstruction period worth noting is a curious account of a Black man, Dr. Dab, making a stir by claiming to identify thieves and recover stolen objects, and an interesting encounter between an elderly former slave, Aunt Silva, and Garrison over the apparent decline in his faith. When Aunt Silva inquired why Garrison did not preach to the "black folks" like he used to, he replied "I have not seen a week since I neglected my Christian duties, but what I have had serious thoughts, and my conscience would often reprove me, and this old negroes words were the right ones, I felt they were sent by the spirit, I made some feeble reply, but we conversed together for a half hour on religious topics, and she knowing my case, cause of coldness &c, gave me sound advice, 'to look up' 'Cast your burden on the Lord &c' and it did me good" (p. 175-176). While such stories are very brief, to some degree they suggest the manner in which Black and white spiritual expression had grown together in the South.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • African Americans--Religion.
    • Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
    • Child rearing--Mississippi.
    • Confederate States of America. Army--Chaplains.
    • Confederate States of America. Army--Officers.
    • Confederate States of America. Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
    • Cotton.
    • Courtship--Mississippi.
    • Fathers and sons.
    • Freedmen--Mississippi.
    • Garrison family.
    • Husband and wife--Mississippi.
    • Infants.
    • Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
    • Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
    • Marriage.
    • Military camps--Confederate States of America.
    • Mississippi--Politics and government.
    • Parent and child.
    • Plantations--Mississippi.
    • Port Gibson (Miss.)--Description and travel.
    • Reconstruction--Mississippi.
    • Revivals--Confederate States of America.
    • Slavery--Mississippi.
    • Slaves--Religious life.
    • Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Religious life.
    • Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863.
    • Women--Mississippi.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   F6.2 Schoff Civil War Collection, Diaries and Journals  
    E. Augustus Garrison journal,  1861 July 08-1869 October 08 [series]:
    Page   1-26  
    Accounts of T. Garrison [subseries]:
    Page   27-57  
    Daily entries,  1861 July 08 -September 10 [subseries]:
     
     1861 July
     
    Concert at Port Gibson, Miss.
     
    Miss. school graduation
     
    Church service
     
    Southern patriotism
     
    Bull Run reported; gloating
     
    Abe Lincoln scorned
     
    Shingling a cottage
     
     1861 August
     
    Town vs. country living
     
    Black church service
     
    Gloating over Bull Run
     
    Whites/blacks, separate churches
     
    Prayer meeting for Confederacy
     
    Preaching to blacks
     
    He joins army
     
     1861 September
     
    Formation of company
     
    War news
     
    Justification for war: religion and country
     
    Departure for field
    Page   58-59  
    Synopsis of war at close; list of family and slaves [subseries]:
    Page   60-72  
    Synopsis [subseries]:
     
     1861 September-1863 February
     
    Richmond
     
    President and cabinet
     
    Yorktown
     
    Regular army colonel's discipline
     
    Peninsular campaign
     
    J.S. Magruder
     
    Yanks at Peach Orchard
     
    Evacuation of Yorktown
     
    Williamsburg
     
    Seven Pines
     
    Beaver Dam
     
    Robert E. Lee
     
    Gaines Mills
     
    Malvern Hill
     
    Jubilation over success
     
    Maneuvers in Virginia
     
    Antietam/Sharpsburg
     
    Fredericksburg
     
    "On to Richmond" (ha-ha)
     
    Fighting Joe Hooker
     
    Mission home after conscripts and absentees
     
    Visit with family
     
    List of his battles fought
     
    Description of camp at Fredericksburg
    Page   73-104  
    Daily entries,  1863 February 20-1863 April 05 [subseries]:
     
     1863 February
     
    Slaves working on Vicksburg fortifications
     
    W.R. Barksdale's farewell address
     
    Newspaper article about battalion
     
    Railroad accident
     
     1863 March
     
    Methodist convention
     
    Mistaken for a conscript
     
    "Colored prophet"
     
    Description of southern family
     
    Plantation on fire
     
    Romance nipped by soldier's death
     
    Siege of Vicksburg
     
    Thanksgiving day
     
    Description of Vicksburg
     
      April 1863
     
    Southern womanhood
     
    Child drowns
     
    Off to war
    Page   105-106  
    [Missing] [subseries]:
    Page   107-114  
    Synopsis [subseries]:
     
     1863 April-1863 October
     
    Commission as Chaplain
     
    Chancellorsville
     
    Religious revivals
     
    Union sentiment in Maryland
     
    Gettysburg
     
    News of Vicksburg
     
    Church services
    Page   114-118  
     1863 October 02-1863 October 12 [subseries]:
    Page   118-129  
    Synopsis [subseries]:
     
     1863 October-1865 October
     
    He destroys diary
     
    Building camp cabins
     
    Confederate desertion
     
    Battle of the Wilderness
     
    Soldiers' comments in battle
     
    Before Petersburg
     
    Land mine experiments
     
    Army fate, Summer  1864
     
    Religion in the army
     
    Hatred for Sherman
     
    Confederate generals
     
    Petersburg campaign
     
    Confederacy crumbles
     
    He is captured
     
    Lincoln's assassination
     
    Release from prison
     
    Brother's death
     
    Cotton stealing
    Page   130-244  
    Occasional entries,  1865 October-1869 October 09 [subseries]:
     
     1866
     
    Barter in land-trading
     
    Black servants
     
    Stolen cotton
     
    Farming in Mississippi
     
    Port-war fortunes
     
    Fourth of July
     
    European wars
     
    Jeff Davis in chains
     
    Trans-Atlantic cable
     
    Union Convention in Philadelphia
     
    Black servant gotten from jail
     
    Confederate postage stamp
     
    Thievery and black unrest
     
     1867 January-1867 February
     
    Mississippi Annual Convention (Methodist Church)
     
    He sells farm
     
    Assassination and gold theft attempt
     
    "Mad radicals of Congress"
     
     1867 March
     
    New Congress convenes
     
    Black-white relations on farm
     
    Slave vs. servant status
     
    Reconstruction bill in Congress
     
    He attempts suicide
     
    Military rule passed in Congress
     
    Lazy black farm hands
     
    Former slave's advice
     
     1867 April-1867 July
     
     1868 election predictions
     
    Southern economy
     
    Purchase of Russia
     
    Jeff Davis released from prison
     
    Knife fight over blacks' "place"
     
    Fourth of July in Mississippi
     
    Lazy blacks
     
     1867 August-1867 December
     
    Blacks speak in own behalf
     
    Johnson removes Edwin Stanton
     
    Blacks owe white man money
     
    Reconstruction politics
     
     1868
     
    South in debt
     
    Lazy blacks
     
    Johnson's impeachment
     
    Wife discontented with poverty
     
     1869
     
    Selling patent medicine
     
    Reconstruction politics
    Additional Descriptive Data

    E. Augustus Garrison journal, Genealogy

    • Thomas (b. 1812) and Elizabeth (b. 1819) Garrison.
      • Frank (d. January, 1864) -- 2nd Lieut. 26th Mississippi Infantry
      • Emmett -- moved to Omaha, Neb., 1866
      • Rankin (?)
      • Eva m. Robert (Rob) Bines
        • Nelie (son), b. 1866 January 30
      • Mollie m. Mr. Cessna
      • Love
      • E. Augustus Garrison b. Feb. 17, 1841, m. Nov. 21, 1865, Mary Melissa Hickey, b. 1845.
        • Thomas Augustus, b. Aug. 29, 1866
        • Frank, b. Oct. 8, 1867
        • Charles William, b. Sept. 29, 1869
      • Gusta
    Partial Subject Index
    African Americans--Religion
    • 154-155, 175-176
    African Americans--Suffrage
    • 162
    Antietam, Battle of, 1862
    • 68
    Brothers
    • 99-101
    Brothers--Death
    • 127-128
    Brown, Albert Gallatin, 1813-1880
    • 208-209
    Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
    • 35, 39-40
    Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862
    • 68
    Camps (Military)--Confederate States of America
    • 61-62, 119-120
    Chancellorsville, Battle of, 1863
    • 108
    Child rearing--Mississippi
    • 166-167, 175, 181-182
    Children--Death
    • 101
    Confederate States of America. Army--Chaplains
    • 107-128
    Confederate States of America. Army--Enlistment
    • 30, 38, 54-57
    Confederate States of America. Army--Leaves and furloughs
    • 70-71, 112
    Confederate States of America. Army--Mississippi Seven Stars Artillery Co. (1861-1865)
    • 54
    Confederate States of America. Army--Officers
    • 61
    Confederate States of America. Army--Officers
    • 76-78, 125
    Confederate States of America. Army--Uniforms
    • 56
    Cotton
    • 136-140, 142-143, 152, 212 , 214, 216 (and variously)
    Courtship--Mississippi
    • 129, 135, 210-202
    Davis, Jefferson 1808-1889
    • 141, 194
    Dead
    • 66
    Fair Oaks, Battle of, 1862
    • 64
    Family
    • 57, 104
    Farewells
    • 57, 60
    Fathers and sons
    • 205-206, 219, 212, 230-231
    Featherston, Winfield Scott, 1819-1891
    • 76-77
    Fourth of July celebrations
    • 202
    Fredericksburg, Battle of, 1862
    • 69
    Freedmen--Mississippi
    • 136-137, 146, 151, 162-167, 173-176, 186, 197, 207-209, 225
    Gaines Mills (Va.) Battlefield
    • 66
    Gaines Mills, Battle of, 1862
    • 66
    Garrison family
    • 59, 189-190, 223-224, 227-237
    Gettysburg Campaign, 1863
    • 109-111
    Gettysburg, Battle of, 1863
    • 110
    Home
    • 57, 104
    Hoodoo
    • 154-155
    Husband and wife--Mississippi
    • 169-170, 192, 227-229
    Infants
    • 148-150, 195
    Johnson's Island (Ohio) Military Prison
    • 127
    Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875
    • 167, 214, 226
    Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870
    • 65-67, 112
    Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Assassination
    • 126
    Magruder, John Bankhead, 1810-1871
    • 61-62
    Marriage
    • 100-101, 135
    Mechanicsville, Battle of, 1862
    • 64-66
    Methodist Episcopal Church--Clergy
    • 129 ff.
    Methodist Episcopal Church--Clergy--Appointment, call and election
    • 129-133, 159
    Military discipline--Confederate States of America
    • 61
    Missing in action
    • 127
    Mississippi--Politics and government--Reconstruction
    • 127 ff. (esp. 208-209, 220, 235)
    Mississippi--Religious life
    • 113-118
    Monticello (Miss.)--Description and travel
    • 210-211
    Old Capitol Military Prison (D.C.)
    • 126-127
    Parent and child
    • 164-167, 175, 181-182, 185-186, 227-229
    Peninsular Campaign, 1862
    • 60-67
    Petersburg Campaign, 1864-1865
    • 122-126
    Petersburg Crater, Battle of, 1864
    • 122-123
    Plantations--Mississippi
    • 27, 36-39, 136 ff. (esp. 162-167, 172-174)
    Poison ivy
    • 49-51, 118-119
    Port Gibson (Miss.)--Description and travel
    • 28-31, 39-42, 84-95
    Posey, Carnot, 1813-1863
    • 77-78
    Prayer
    • 187
    Presidents--United States--Election--1868
    • 179-180
    Reconstruction--Mississippi
    • 127 ff. (see esp. 171)
    Revivals--Confederate States of America
    • 108, 111-112
    Robbery--Mississippi
    • 161, 232
    Seven Days' Battles, 1862
    • 64-67
    Sharecropping--Mississippi
    • 225
    Slavery--Mississippi
    • 36, 49, 70-71
    Slaves--Religious life
    • 40-41, 45-46, 49, 73, 81
    Soldiers--Confederate States of America
    • 40
    Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Religious life
    • 108, 111-112, 119-121, 124
    Soldiers--United States
    • 40
    Spotsylvania, Battle of, 1864
    • 121
    Stamps--Confederate States of America
    • 154
    Stealing
    • 136-137
    Stevens, Thaddeus, 1792-1868
    • 191
    Suicide
    • 170
    Swine
    • 207
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans
    • 75
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons
    • 126-127
    United States--Politics and government--1865-1898
    • 162-163
    Vicksburg (Miss.)--Description and travel
    • 99
    Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863
    • 95-96, 111
    Virginia--Description and travel
    • 60-61
    War wounds
    • 65
    War--Psychological aspects
    • 65
    Wilderness, Battle of the, 1864
    • 120-121
    Williamsburg, Battle of, 1862
    • 63-64
    Women--Mississippi
    • 28-30, 38, 43-44, 83, 86-90, 95-96, 100, 103
    Women--Suffrage
    • 162
    Yorktown (Va.)--Description and travel
    • 61-62
    Yorktown (Va.)--History--Siege, 1862
    • 61-63