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“A Gentleman and an Officer”A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin's Civil War$
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James B. Griffin, Judith N. McArthur, and Orville Vernon Burton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195093124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093124.001.0001

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Guarding the Potomac Line

Guarding the Potomac Line

Letters 16 through 27

2 January through 26 February 1862

(p.124) 3 Guarding the Potomac Line
“A Gentleman and an Officer”

Judith N. McArthur

Orville Vernon Burton

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This chapter presents Griffin's wartime letters to his wife Leila and son Willie dated from January 2 to February 1862. There letters are about Griffin's brush with death after his arm was almost paralyzed, his troops guarding of the Potomac line and his cavalry's move to Dumfries to join the Texas Brigade. Griffin rejoined his command in November 1861 and by December 1 the infantry and artillery reunited and went into winter quarters near the mouth of the Occoquan River. He also expressed his homesickness and related the improvement in his health.

Keywords:   James B. Griffin, wartime letters, Potomac River, Texas Brigade, health condition, cavalry, homesickness

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