Illinois Artillery Officer's Civil War: The Diary and Letters of John Cheney

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Gordon Armstrong
Virtualbookworm Publishing, 2005 - 304 pagina's
John Cheney was a well educated businessman living in Dixon, Illinois. In 1862 he raised an artillery company-Battery F, 1st Illinois Light Artillery-and served as its captain. Battery F fought in the Western Theatre in the Army of the Tennessee (Gens. Grant and Sherman). This volume draws on 318 entries from Cheney's Civil War diary and 100 letters he wrote home to his wife, plus additional documents, photos, and material relating to his life before, during and after the war. Cheney's letters and diary entries have a warmth and intimacy that is unusual in writing of that time. John Cheney served out a strong sense of duty to the country that had provided him with security and opportunity. Over time he developed health problems that tested that sense of duty. Cheney was entirely absorbed in his activities when in combat or advancing on Confederate troops. During times of inactivity he suffered boredom and experienced loneliness being separated from his wife and two children. During the Atlanta campaign, his 11-year-old son Royce accompanied him. Cheney was an ordinary man doing his best in the extraordinary occurrences of war.
 

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Editors Note
5
Acknowledgements
7
Family Background PreWar
8
Entering the Army
12
Off to the Front in Tennessee
29
Advance on Corinth Mississippi
42
Back to Tennessee
57
Grants Central Mississippi Campaign
80
March from Memphis to Chattanooga 181 Chapter 14 Missionary Ridge
194
Relief of Burnside at Knoxville
202
Atlanta Campaign Dallas Kennesaw Mountain 212 Chapter 17 Atlanta Campaign Atlanta
243
Chapter 18After the War
264
Postscript
268
Appendix A 1887 Battery F Reunion at Dixon IL
273
Appendix B Roster of Battery F 1st Illinois Light Artillery 274 Appendix C Letters from Mary Briggs Cheney
286
Richard Petty
291

Backtracking out of Mississippi
92
Guarding the Railroad at Davis Mill Mississippi
103
Former Slave in the Battery
119
Guarding the Railroad at Grand Junction TN
132
Siege of Vicksburg
152
Inactivity in Mississippi
168
Appendix E Frequently Mentioned People
294
Bibliography
296
People Index
299
Map
303
Copyright

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