Tennessee Valor – update; 12/21/2011

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The 7th TN went into the Wilderness with just under 200 men.

Tennessee Valor update – 12/21/2011

I have just completed editing and rewriting Chapter 11, with only one chapter to go.

Chapter 11 covered the 7th Tennessee’s experiences in the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and ultimately the first fights in defending the Petersburg trenches. The chapter ends in mid-October 1864.

Chapter 11 turned out to be about 10,500 words, giving the manuscript 86,000 words with one chapter (about 9,500 words) to edit and rewrite.

One quote written during the Spotsylvania battle was by Cpl. William Clendening (Co. E), who on May 13, 1864 wrote: “…This sanguinary contest had proceeded almost without abatement for three days, and having no opportunity to cook rations the troops were well nigh famished. Our brigade had thrown up temporary works which proved a great protection to them, and when assailed by the enemy they were repulsed with a great slaughter. Firing ceased during the night, and a picket line was established across the field of carnage. The post assigned me was in the midst of the dead and dying. Soon after dark a misty rain set in, and the groans of the wounded could be heard all along the line. I groped my way over the field in search of something to eat. I stumbled over what I supposed to be a log, but it proved to be a dead man whose haversack was well filled with bacon and hardtack. Availing myself of this treasure, it was immediately transferred to my shoulders, and in a short time my hunger was appeased…”

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