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I Acted from Principle: The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. McPheeters, Confederate Surgeon in the Trans-Mississippi (Civil War in the West) Hardcover – September, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War in the West
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557287252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557287250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,263,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richly rewarding." —North Carolina Historical Review
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A riveting and quite valuable account of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
St. Louis physician and Southern sympathizer, Dr. McPheeters' experience with Federal arrest and banishment, plus his day-by-day account of life in camp and with the local populace, gives an excellent picture of the impact of the Civil War in the Western Theater. You'll also gain knowledge of medical treatment, Confederate Trans-Mississippi politics, and military excursions by General Stirling Price.
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By Amy Whiteman on April 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When reading the blurb on this book I thought Dr McPheeters was more into surgery,but every page he was always socialising.I was a bit disappointed with the book.
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Format: Paperback
Many students of the war are not too keen on reading diaries as they are often dry and provide few details surrounding historical events. Not so with "I Acted from Principle." Dr. McPheeters is never at a loss for words, not shy about giving his opinion, nor does he skimp on historical detail. What happens to the doctor and his family during the course of the war is almost hard to believe and would make a great movie. In addition, the diary provides one of the best day-by-day accounts of Sterling Price's 1864 Missouri Raid. This is one of the best personal accounts of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi.
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