An original publication, 1993. xvii, 216 pp., maps, index. Item #112
This narrative of the Civil War career of Horry County native Jeremiah Smith, told by his grandson, is far more than a memoir of one man's adventures in the service of the Confederacy. Smith was a member of Gary's Brigade, 7th South Carolina Cavalry, a unit which played a crucial role in the defense of Richmond and covered the retreat to Appomattox in the final days of the war. Although motivated by personal recollections, this work is a scholarly account of military operations north of the James River in 1864 and 1865, supplemented by detailed maps which show places and battles referred to in the text. It relies heavily on firsthand written accounts by several officers of the 7th S.C. Cavalry - Col. A.C. Haskell, Maj. Edward M. Boykin, and Lt. William G. Hinson - which relate to the movements and engagements of the units in which Smith served. This book serves as an informative supplement to the historian's existing knowledge about the campaign in Virginia.