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Bahnson, Henry Theodore. Days of the War 1863-1865. [Winston-Salem?, 1950?].

Bahnson, Henry Theodore. Days of the War 1863-1865. [Winston-Salem?, 1950?].

350.00

31 pp., frontispiece.

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Bahnson, Henry Theodore. DAYS OF THE WAR 1863-1865. [Winston-Salem?, 1950?]. 31 pp., frontispiece. Second edition. First published in North Carolina Booklet, vol. II, No. 12, April, 1903. Original stiff decorative wrappers. A very good copy formerly belonging to Civil War author, Burke Davis.

Front wrapper is inscribed: "To Burke - a kindred spirit and a 'cousin' we are proud to claim. Fondly, Mary Louise Davis, (Dr. Bahnson's grand-daughter)." A nice association copy of this Confederate eye-witness account.

Sections include: Memoir - Shelling the woods - A military execution - Picket duty - Temporary truces - Sick soldiers - Stealing vs. starving -- Boxes from home -- Two negro prisoners -- Cease swearing. The little chaplain -- The Baltimore jail -- The day after Christmas -- Release of President Davis -- The last days of the war.

The Southern History Association stated: "This booklet gives a vivid and realistic picture of the last week of fighting around Petersburg and at Appomattox by one who was a part of the thing he describes."

Bahnson served in the 2nd NC Infantry Battalion until his capture at Gettysburg. After six months imprisonment at Point Lookout, he was exchanged and began service in the 1st North Carolina Sharpshooters Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia. He served with this unit until his capture at the surrender at Appomattox Court House.

DORNBUSCH II, 842. THORNTON: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NORTH CAROLINA, 515. 

 

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