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Author Clayton, William Henry Harrison.

Title A damned Iowa greyhound : the Civil War letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton / edited by Donald C. Elder III.

Imprint Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1998.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 231 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index.
Contents "We were mustered into the service yesterday" -- "We are in the 'army of the frontier'" -- "It was a perfect slaughter pen" -- "Vicksburg is ours" -- "We held them at bay for two hours" -- "If the North would remain united" -- "We will be apt to wake things up in Alabama" -- "I long to get upon old Chequest again" -- Epilogue.
Summary William Henry Harrison Clayton was one of nearly 75,000 soldiers from Iowa to join the Union ranks during the Civil War. Possessing a high school education and superior penmanship, Clayton served as a company clerk in the 19th Infantry, witnessing battles in the Trans-Mississippi theater. His diary and his correspondence with his family in Van Buren County form a unique narrative of the day-to-day soldier life as well as an eyewitness account of critical battles and a prisoner-of-war camp. Clayton participated in the siege of Vicksburg and took part in operations against Mobile, but his writings are unique for the descriptions he gives of lesser-known but pivotal battles of the Civil War in the West. Fighting in the Battle of Prairie Grove, the 19th Infantry sustained the highest casualties of any federal regiment on the field. Clayton survived that battle with only minor injuries, but he was later captured at the Battle of Stirling's Plantation and served a period of ten months in captivity at Camp Ford, Texas. Clayton's writing reveals the complicated sympathies and prejudices prevalent among Union soldiers and civilians of that period in the country's history. He observes with great sadness the brutal effects of war on the South, sympathizing with the plight of refugees and lamenting the destruction of property. He excoriates draft evaders and Copperheads back home, conveying the intra-sectional acrimony wrought by civil war. Finally, his racist views toward blacks demonstrate a common but ironic attitude among Union soldiers whose efforts helped lead to the abolition of slavery in the United States.
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Clayton, William Henry Harrison -- Correspondence.
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 19th (1862-1865)
Clayton, William Henry Harrison -- Correspondence.
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 19th (1862-1865)
Clayton, William Henry Harrison.
United States. Army. Iowa Infantry Regiment, 19th (1862-1865)
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Iowa -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
West (U.S.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
Soldiers -- Iowa -- Van Buren County -- Correspondence.
Van Buren County (Iowa) -- Biography.
Chronological Term 1861-1865
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Personal narratives.
Records and correspondence.
Brieven (vorm)
Added Author Elder, Donald C., 1952-
Other Form: Print version: Clayton, William Henry Harrison. Damned Iowa greyhound. Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, ©1998 0877456232 (DLC) 97032721 (OCoLC)37917255
ISBN 1587290588 (electronic bk.)
9781587290589 (electronic bk.)
0877456232 (alk. paper)
9780877456230 (alk. paper)