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Brothers in Gray: The Civil War Letters of the Pierson Family Hardcover – July 1, 1997

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Brothers In Gray is an extensive collection of Civil War letters written by the three sons of William H. Pierson of Bienville Parish, Louisiana. They offer riveting glimpses of almost every variety of experience faced by the Rebel soldier. Prolific letter writers, the Piersons were articulate, observant, and well placed to comment not only on the battles and campaigns of their regiments, but also on their commanding officers, the effect of political activity on soldier morale, and (most of all) their entire family's understanding of and commitment to the Confederate cause. Residents of antebellum northwest Louisiana held strong pro-Union sentiments, and the Piersons were no exception as they opposed secession in 1861. Yet once war began, the region contributed its full share of support to the southern army, and four of William Pierson's nine sons enlisted. Three became officers, the fourth a sergeant, in the Third, Ninth, and Twenty-Seventh Louisiana Infantries, rendering outstanding service in Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Fortunately for posterity, three of the brothers (David, Reuben Allen, and James) wrote often of their experiences, generating one of the richest bodies of Civil War correspondence composed by Confederate soldiers. The letters vividly depict the life and duties of the private soldier, the noncommissioned officer, the company-grade officer, and the field-grade officer. They range in subject from the early battles of the Trans-Mississippi (including the campaigns at Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge) to the epic battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, and from the brutal trenches of Vicksburg to provost guard duty in north Louisiana in the waning days of the war. -- Midwest Book Review

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This extensive collection of Civil War letters, written by three sons of William H. Pierson of Bienville Parish, Louisiana, offers riveting glimpses of almost every variety of experience faced by the Rebel soldier. Prolific letter writers, the Piersons were articulate, observant, and well placed to comment not only on the battles and campaigns of their regiments but also on their commanding officers, the effect of political activity on soldier morale, and, most of all, their entire family's understanding of and commitment to the Confederate cause. The letters vividly depict the life and duties of the private soldier, the noncommissioned officer, the company-grade officer, and the field-grade officer. They range in subject from the early battles of the Trans-Mississippi - including the campaigns at Wilson's Creek and Pea Ridge - to the epic battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, and from the brutal trenches of Vicksburg to provost guard duty in north Louisiana in the waning days of the war. In addition to military matters, the letters reflect the social history of the South at war. They disclose much fascinating detail about the importance of extended family, attitudes toward religion and the typically firm belief in Providence's shaping the destiny of the Confederacy, and the unshakable view of southern womanhood as the guardian of the embattled republic. Idealistic and patriotic, the Piersons excoriate prostitutes, profiteers, draft dodgers, and others whom they see as polluters of their country and its uniquely righteous cause.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807121347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807121344
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,145,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The four Pierson sons, intelligent, and well-educated
for their time, originally opposed secession but
served their country whole-heartedly in all theaters
when the War came.

The letters of three sons are contained here,
preserving valuable insights not only of battles
and camp life but also frank opinions of the
behavior of high officers and politicians. The
tenacity of the Piersons, through sickness and
wounds and hunger, in a War they didn't welcome,
is fine testimony to the courage and patriotism
of the Condederate soldier.

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