The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour

Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger

Like many other soldiers who fought in the Civil War, New Orleans newspaper editor William J. Seymour left behind an account of his wartime experiences. It is the only memoir by any field or staff officer of the famous 1st Louisiana Brigade (Hays' Brigade) in the Army of Northern Virginia. Long out of print, The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William
Date Published :
April 2023
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Editor :
Terry L. Jones
Language:
English
Illustration :
1 image, 10 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781611214642
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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New Orleans newspaper editor William J. Seymour left a detailed account of his wartime experiences—the only memoir by any field or staff officer of the famous 1st Louisiana Brigade (Hays’ Brigade) in the Army of Northern Virginia. Long out of print, The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger is available once more in this updated and completely revised edition by award-winning author Terry L. Jones.

After service in the 1862 New Orleans campaign, Seymour joined Gen. Harry Hays’ staff in Virginia. Seymour’s memoirs cover his experiences in the Army of Northern Virginia in great detail, including the campaigns of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and the Shenandoah Valley, ending with the Battle of Cedar Creek in 1864. His pen recounts the activities of the Louisiana Brigade while offering a critical analysis of the tactics and strategies employed by the army.

Award-winning author Terry Jones judiciously edited this perceptive and articulate account to create an indispensable resource for Civil War historians and enthusiasts.

About The Author
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Terry L. Jones, a native of Winn Parish, Louisiana, received his Ph.D. in history at Texas A&M University and is professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He has published eight books on the Civil War, two of which were History Book Club selections. Among Jones’ publications are Campbell Brown’s Civil War: With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia (2001), Historical Dictionary of the Civil War (2 vols., 2011), and Lee’s Tigers Revisited: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (2017). Jones has also written numerous articles for various publications, including the New York Times and BBC History Magazine, and is an award-winning outdoor writer. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Laura and Amie.

REVIEWS
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“It is a significant source and a readable narrative. Jones deserves credit for making it more widely available.”

- Richard J. Sommers, author of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege of Petersburg, The Battles of Chaffin’s Bluff and Poplar Spring Church, September 29–October 2, 1864

“With an eye for events and details, Seymour was able to capture on paper the big events and little incidents. This is a work that any student of Lee’s army will want to have.”

- James I. Robertson Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor of History, Virginia Tech University

“The intelligence and insight of this work come from a genuine aura of immediacy that few such accounts possess. It will stand as an indispensable primary source in Confederate military history.”

- T. Michael Parrish, Linden G. Bowers Professor of American History, Baylor University

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