My knowledge of the Confederate army is confined mainly to the Army of Northern Virginia. As I sketch out my cultural biography of Silas Chandler, however, I am running into my limited understanding of the Army of Tennessee. Silas’s master, Andrew Chandler, served in Co. F of the 44th Mississippi Infantry up to the battle of Chickamauga in 1863. He then served Andrew’s brother in the 9th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, which accompanied Jefferson Davis after he abandoned Richmond in April 1865. That’s another story.
Silas and Andrew were together for some of the major battles such as Shiloh in which the latter was taken prisoner and Chickamauga, where Andrew was wounded. According to stories Silas supposedly convinced a doctor in Atlanta not to amputate his owner’s leg and used coins stitched in his jacket to pay for passage for the two to return home to Mississippi.
Officers and camp servant of Company H (Independent Volunteers) of the 57th Georgia Regiment, Army of Tennessee, 1863.
Finally, I am also very interested in published or archival sources (letters and/or diaries) from soldiers in the Army of Tennessee that comment on camp servants and other slaves present in the army. I have plenty of such accounts from men who served in the Army of Northern Virginia to help fill out the picture of the many roles that camp servants played, but I am curious as to whether there there any differences between the two armies. One thing that comes to mind is that Union armies penetrated much further south earlier in the war and came into contact with much larger slave populations compared with the Army of the Potomac. To what extent, if at all, was Confederate policy on the use of slaves in the army shaped by this fact?