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- DescriptionThe -holds-barred memoir of a southern planter who spied for the North Dictated in 1865, when his memory of events was still fresh - as was his passion - Levi Holloway Naron's memoir offers a rare and remarkably vivid first-hand account of a southerner loyal to the Union, operating behind Confederate lines. A well-to-do planter and large slave owner in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Naron had been driven from his home by his fellow Mississippians at the out-break of the war because of his agitation against the Confederacy. As the Federal scout, spy, and raider Chickasaw, active primarily in rthern Mississippi and western Tennessee, he proved invaluable to Union commanders in the West - including William T. Sherman, William Rosecrans, John Pope, Grenville Dodge, and Benjamin Grierson, among others. Naron stood before Rebel commanders as well - Sterling Price, James Chalmers, and John C. Breckinridge - having bedeviled their security forces and intelligence agents. In these pages, he tells how he maneuvered under their ses, burning bridges and railcars full of supplies intended for Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood, recruiting for the Union while clad in a Confederate uniform, chasing down Union deserters and Rebel spies, and, for diversion, suppressing guerrillas and bushwhackers. This long-forgotten historical document, newly edited and antated, provides indispensable information about Confederate as well as Union espionage and counter-espionage activity. Naron's adventures as Chickasaw illuminate this clandestine war in the West.
- Author BiographyTHOMAS D. COCKRELL is a professor of history at Blue Mountain College, and MICHAEL B. BALLARD is university archivist at Mississippi State University. They are coeditors of A Mississippi Rebel in the Army of Northern Virginia: The Civil War Memoirs of Private David Holt.
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2005
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Content Notemap
- Weight304 g
- Width114 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Edited byMichael B. Ballard,Thomas D. Cockrell
- Edition Statementannotated edition
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