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Published: Aug 30 2016
Size: 6 x 9
edited by Mac Wyckoff
Mac Wyckoff is a retired National Park Service historian who served at the Shiloh, Chickamauga, and Fredericksburg National Military Parks for forty years. He is the author of A History of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry, 1861–1865 and A History of the 3rd South Carolina Infantry, 1861–1865 and coauthor of The Legacy of a Common Civil War Soldier: Private Thomas Marion Shields, a Collection of 34 Letters, 1861–1865.
Cora Lee Godsey Starling, the great granddaughter of Alexander "Sandy" McNeill, transcribed the letters over a twelve-year period.
"Mac Wycoff was a fortunate choice to edit the McNeill letters. The author of two published histories of the 2nd South Carolina, Wycoff brought to the task an intimate knowledge of Kershaw's command. I am short on criticism and long on praise for this remarkable collection of letters."—Civil War News
"Alexander McNeill of Kershaw's South Carolina brigade fought through most of the war with the Army of Northern Virginia, often in desperate moments and in dramatic scenes. His letters afford a rich perspective on four years of war, including a description of wading into the 'the terrible missiles of death' at Gettysburg."—Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain
"Historian Mac Wyckoff has used his expert knowledge of Kershaw's Brigade to provide accurate settings and appropriate commentary for Sandy McNeill's exquisitely written and very personal letters to his wife. These nearly weekly accounts of a soldier's thoughts of the war and his concerns of home provide a good understanding of what it was like to fight in this complex and cruel war."—DeWitt Boyd Stone, Jr., author of Wandering to Glory: Confederate Veterans Remember Evans' Brigade
"Modern readers will also find these heartfelt, frank, and eloquent letters interesting McNeill's candor and openness along with his powers of description make his letters an absorbing narrative.well researched and effectively annotated."—South Carolina Historical Magazine
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