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Cletus Collissen said:
This is a book composed of the letters of William Stokes who served as a company commander, battalion commander, and many time acting commander of a unit of South Carolina Militia that eventually become the 4th South Carolina Cavalry. Up through 1864, they defended the South Carolina coast and river systems from attack by U.S. forces. They participated in defending the seige of Charleston. Stokes letters from these years are quite dull. They are full of the details of the life of garrison troops and their officers. In the summer of 1864, the 4th South Carolina Cavalry was transferred to Virginia and attached to the cavalry command of General Wade Hampton. They were involved in fierce action in front of Richmond and Petersburgh and on the James Peninsula. Casualties became severe as did their loss of horses. This part of the book is much more intereesting, but is still far short of a well written blow by blow account of the campaign. The book does include a few letters that Stokes received from other participants in the war. There are better first person accounts of the war than this book. It is, however, a significant contribution to the literature.
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