Reminiscences of the 41st Tennessee: The Civil War in the West

John A. Simpson

  • Reminiscences of the 41st Tennessee: The Civil War in the West

Eighteen-year-old Sumner A. Cunningham joined his local home guard near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in late October 1861, and immediately was assimilated into a new Confederate regiment, the 41st Tennessee Infantry. Rising to senior noncommissioned-officer rank, his experiences were those of the Army of Tennessee through the next three years. He received limited military training, was captured at Fort Donelson, and spent time as a prisoner of war in Camp Morton, Indiana. After his exchange, he marched in the failed Mississippi campaign to free Vicksburg, saw action around Jackson and Raymond, at Port Hudson, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and the Atlanta and Tennessee campaigns. There, he fought with bravado at Franklin and Nashville before he deserted.

Reminiscences of the 41st Tennessee: The Civil War in the West is based on his wartime diary, which he published in 1871 for his middle Tennessee market. Cunningham’s military account is a refreshingly candid examination of his daily life in the Army of Tennessee. From combat and heroism to fear, cowardice, and disease, his is an unusually honest insight into the Confederacy in the West.

“a vivid wartime diary by eighteen-year-old Sumner A. Cunningham, who joined his local home guard near Shelbyville, Tennessee, in October 1861.... The book is well-edited by John A. Simpson, an historican who specializes in the Civil War in the western theater.

THE CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS

"A rare senior noncommissioned offer's account of his (Sumner A. Cunningham) role as a foot soldier in the Army of Tennessee."

Cannon Courier

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Author John A. Simpson
Pages 184
Images 16
Maps 11
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes

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