Texas Cavalry Officer's Civil War: The Diary and Letters of James C. Bates

By Richard Lowe- Excerpted from entry: "The last year has passed I do not know how, It seems but a dream.. Nothing I have seen or done seems real to me - unless indeed I except what fighting I have done and I can assure you there has been quite enough of reality in that. There was no dreaming there."Powerful and moving, describes this work. A volunteer in the 9th Texas Cavalry, James Campbell Bates fought the battles within the Trans-Mississippi Department; Elk Horn, Corinth, Holly Springs, James and Thompson’s Station in far off Tennessee, plus almost daily skirmishing. Wonderful accounts of his life and that of his army. Letters included are those back home in Paris, Texas, to his awaiting wife. 328 pages, 10 halftones, 9 maps.