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Catalog Number 1997.019.00025
Date 1865
Scope & Content Notes on the War and Men - in the Summer of 1865

Physical Appearance: [Summer, 1865] - Manuscript reminiscence by William Henry Fitzhugh Payne, "Notes on War & Men - In the Summer of 1865." - Payne comments on various topics: Negro soldiers, Negro emancipation, possibilities of preventing the war or having a quick war, general views on war, his slow rise to brigadier general, failure of Confederate Congress and Constitution, being a POW, and the following battles - First Manassas, Cedar Creek, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Yorktown, Seven Pines, and Vicksburg. He discourses on "what a liar history is," giving negative commentary on John Hunt Morgan. He discusses JEB Stuart, noting that "to criticize Stuart is like finding spots on the sun." He describes meeting Jefferson Davis in 1861 and mentions Davis' presence at Stuart's deathbed. Payne also places blame on Joseph E. Johnston for troops not moving at all after First Manassas, states Johnston was "like Moliere's doctor." He further comments negatively on Vice President Alexander Stephens. Payne's musings conclude here with his views of Thomas J. Jackson. 14 pp., including cover sheet. A typed transcript is also in the folder.
Creator Payne, William Henry F., Brig. Gen.
Archival History [Cross reference to CML Jackson Collection for comments on Jackson. Payne disagrees with Jackson biographer Dabney.]
People Payne, William Henry Fitzhugh