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James Byrd Foote was the great-grandfather of the author’s wife. Gary C. Cole has painstakingly researched Private Foote’s service through the Civil War, and, in so doing, has given us an excellent picture of one Confederate soldier’s wartime experience.
It is complete with illustrations, acknowledgements, four appendices, 672 footnotes, and a bibliography.
Foote enlisted as a private in the Georgia regulars and fought at Yorktown, Seven Pines, Oak Grove, Mechanicsville, Gaines’ Mill, Garnett’s and Golding’s Farms, Savage’s Station, Malvern Hill, Kelly’s Ford, Rappahannock Station, Thoroughfare Gap, Second Manassas, Ox Hill, Boonsborough, Sharpsburg, Suffolk, Gettysburg, Funkstown, Charleston, Chattanooga, Campbell’s Station, and Knoxville. He was captured at Knoxville and, after being moved around, was sent to Fort Delaware.
This is where he spent the 366 days of the title.
After that, he was paroled and sent home to Georgia. The book recounts his experiences through Reconstruction and how he prospered later.
This book is a good resource for the Civil War student to understand some of the details of life of soldiering because of its extensive research.
Title: Three Hundred and Sixty-Six Days at Fort Delaware
Author: Gary C. Cole
Publisher: Trafford Publishing