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Scope and Content This collection contains copies of transcriptions of the memoirs of John Malachi Bowden as dictated to his son, John Wightman Bowden. He describes the atmosphere of his hometown during the debate over secession, noting the fervor with which those opposed to secession and war were condemned as cowards. Bowden recalls his experiences fighting several major battles of the Civil War including Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Yorktown, Spotsylvania Court House, Malvern Hall and Knoxville. The account of...