Writings of a Rebel Colonel

The Civil War Diary and Letters of Samuel Walkup, 48th North Carolina Infantry


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About the Book

Lawyer, planter and politician Samuel Hoey Walkup (1818–1876) led the 48th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War. A devout Christian and Whig nationalist, he opposed secession until hostilities were well underway, then became a die-hard Confederate, serving in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days battles through Appomattox.

Presenting Walkup’s complete and annotated writings, this composite biography of an important but overlooked Southern leader reveals an insightful narrator of his times. Having been a pre-war civilian outside the West Point establishment, he offers a candid view of Confederate leadership, particularly Robert E. Lee and A.P. Hill. Home life with his wife Minnie Parmela Reece Price and the enslaved members of their household was a complex relationship of cooperation and resistance, congeniality and oppression. Walkup’s story offers a cautionary account of misguided benevolence supporting profound racial oppression.

About the Author(s)

Kemp Burpeau is a local government attorney and college history professor with past service on the North Carolina Historical Commission and reviewer for the Society of Civil War Historians and The Civil War News. He lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Samuel Walkup
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 231
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8669-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4448-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1
Biography  3
Walkup’s Civil War Journal and Correspondence  39
Chapter Notes  163
Bibliography  215
Index  221