The Memoir of a Southern Unionist
Captain Dennis E. Haynes
Edited by Arthur W. Bergeron Jr.
never-before-seen and firsthand look into the dissent of one
Civil War memoir of Capt. Dennis E. Haynes is both unique
and rare. Not only did few southern unionists write of their
experiences after the war, Haynes’s is the only publication
by a Louisiana unionist. Furthermore, it is the only account
by a member of the First Louisiana Battalion Cavalry Scouts,
a unit that existed for less than three months and saw its
only real action during the Red River Campaign of 1864.
memoir is a historic collection of his wartime experiences
as a unionist in the Confederate South. Among his writings,
Haynes describes how he opposed the secession of Texas and
thus became a hunted man. He also tells of his harrowing odyssey
to reach Union troops in Louisiana. Every step of the way,
Haynes provides details, sometimes graphic, of the harassment
and cruelty he and many others like him suffered at the hands
of his Confederate neighbors.
meticulously edited edition of a rare southern Unionist’s
account will be welcomed by anyone interested in the trans-Mississippi
theater or dissent during the Civil War. . . . Readers seeking
insights into the social, military, and political underside
of the Confederate experience will turn to this book with
W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War
spirited account of his experiences, along with the insightful
context provided by editor Arthur Bergeron, reveals an internalized
war dramatically at odds with our assumptions of both military
and home front situations in this part of the trans-Mississippi
C. Inscoe, coeditor of Enemies of the Country: New Perspectives
on Unionists in the Civil War South
E. Haynes organized a company of Southern
Unionists in the spring of 1863. His narrative begins when
he is appointed captain of this, the First Louisiana Battalion
Cavalry Scouts. Following a distinguished civilian career
as a district attorney and surveyor in New Orleans, Haynes
disappears completely from public record in 1873.
W. Bergeron Jr. is an archivist with the United
States Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks,
Pennsylvania. He is a veteran of the United States army, having
served in the Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He is the author,
coauthor, and editor of nearly a dozen books, including The
Civil War in Louisiana, Louisianians in the Civil War and
“Duty Called Me Here”: The Soldier Comrades of
the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.
186 pages, 6"x 9"
$34.95 (s) Cloth