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Resisting Sherman : a Confederate surgeon's journal and the Civil War in the Carolinas, 1865 : based on the diary of Francis Marion Robertson, M.D. / edited by Thomas Heard Robertson, Jr.

Author/creator Robertson, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1807-1892 author.
Other author/creatorRobertson, Thomas Heard, editor.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info El Dorado Hills, CA : Savas Beatie, [2015]
Descriptionxviii, 168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Charleston and Cheraw -- Rockingham, Carthage, and Fayetteville -- Raleigh, Richmond, and Greensboro -- Chester, Newberry, and Augusta.
Abstract Surgeon Francis Robertson fled Charleston with the Confederate garrison in 1865 in an effort to stay ahead of General Sherman's Federal army as it marched north from Savannah. The Southern high command was attempting to assemble General Joseph E. Johnston's force in North Carolina for a last-ditch effort to defeat Sherman and perhaps join with General Lee in Virginia, or at least gain better terms for surrender. Dr. Robertson, a West Pointer, physician, professor, politician, patrician, and Presbyterian, with five sons in the Confederate army, kept a daily journal for the final three months of the Civil War while traveling more than 900 miles through four states. His account looks critically at the decisions of generals from a middle ranking officer's viewpoint, describes army movements from a ground level perspective, and places the military campaign within the everyday events of average citizens suffering under the boot of war. Editor and descendant Thomas Robertson followed in his ancestor's footsteps, conducting exhaustive research to identify the people, route, and places mentioned in the journal. Sidebars on a wide variety of related issues include coverage of politics and the Battle of Averasboro, where one of the surgeon's sons was shot. An extensive introduction covers the military situation in and around Charleston that led to the evacuation described so vividly by Surgeon Robertson, and an epilogue summarizes what happened to the diary characters after the war.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 151-159) and index.
Genre/formPersonal narratives.
LCCN 2015933358
ISBN9781611212600 (hardcover)
ISBN161121260X (hardcover)

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