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Author De Forest, John William, 1826-1906.

Title A Union officer in the Reconstruction / by John William De Forest ; edited, with an introduction and notes by James H. Croushore and David Morris Potter.

Published Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  Q61997    AVAILABLE
Edition Louisiana pbk. ed.
Physical description xxx, 211 pages ; 23 cm
Notes Includes index.
Previously published: Hamden, Conn. : Archon Books, 1968, c1948.
Summary Beginning in 1866, John William De Forest served fifteen months as an agent of the Freedmen's Bureau in Greenville, South Carolina. After leaving the army, he wrote a series of magazine articles giving a full and realistic account of the bureau's operation as it intersected with the daily lives of freedmen. In 1948 the articles were compiled in A Union Officer in the Reconstruction, reprinted here for the first time. A companion volume to De Forest's Civil War memoir, A Volunteer's Adventures, it offers a deft analysis of the structure of postwar southern society and gives a firsthand description of the impact of emancipation, defeat, military rule, and social and economic disorganization.
Other author Croushore, James H. (James Henry)
Potter, David Morris.
Subject De Forest, John William, 1826-1906.
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- South Carolina -- Greenville Region.
Freedmen -- South Carolina -- Greenville Region -- History -- 19th century.
Social classes -- South Carolina -- Greenville Region -- History -- 19th century.
Greenville Region (S.C.) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 0807121835 (paperback: alk. paper)