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

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

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A damned Iowa greyhound : the Civil War letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton
Title
A damned Iowa greyhound
Title remainder
the Civil War letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton
Statement of responsibility
edited by Donald C. Elder III
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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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digitized
Biography type
autobiography
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Clayton, William Henry Harrison
Dewey number
973.7/477
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Elder, Donald C.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Clayton, William Henry Harrison
  • United States
  • Iowa
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
  • United States
  • Soldiers
  • Van Buren County (Iowa)
Label
A damned Iowa greyhound : the Civil War letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton, edited by Donald C. Elder III
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index
Color
multicolored
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
Control code
ocm44960974
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 231 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781587290589
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44960974
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.
Label
A damned Iowa greyhound : the Civil War letters of William Henry Harrison Clayton, edited by Donald C. Elder III
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-219) and index
Color
multicolored
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
Control code
ocm44960974
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 231 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781587290589
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44960974
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.

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