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Table of Contents
(Listen to a banjo & organ rendition of "Dixie" while you read)
List of Illustrations     xi
Preface     xii
Confederate Units Featured in the Text     xv
Chronology     xvii
Abbreviations     xx
Discovering the "Vanished Hand and the Voice That is Stilled":   
    Researching Your Civil War Ancestors   1
Introduction         3

Part I
From Carolina to the Oconee River: Solomon Mangham Comes to Georgia                              

PROLOGUE: EARLY DAYS IN VIRGINIA, THE CAROLINAS, AND THE      
     GEORGIA FRONTIER        15

CHAPTER I: "THE FIRST STATIONS IN PUBLICK SEARVICE": SOLOMON'S
     NEPHEW, JAMES C. MANGHAM OF GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

1. An Orphan Finds His Roots: James C. Mangham and the Family Name 19
2. Standing Watch on the Atlantic Coast: Pvt. William W. Mangham,
     "Brunswick Rifles," Styles's 13th (later 26th) Georgia     22

CHAPTER II: MAKING A MARK IN DIXIE: WILLIS A. MANGHAM, WILEY P.
     MANGHAM AND THEIR FAMILIES

1. New Land in West Georgia!     25
2. On the Frontier Again: The  James P. Mangham Family in Pike County   29
3. Slaughter at Sharpsburg; Surrender at Appomattox:  Capt. John H.
    Mangham and  Cpls. Charles A. and William D. Mangham, 13th Georgia     30
4. Riding for Lee and Jackson?  Robert J. Mangham's Trip to Virginia     36
5. A Crushing Burden of Despair: Coming Home from Appomattox and        
    Andersonville     48
6. Death at Manassas:  Sgt. Wiley J. Mangham, 27th Georgia     51
7. One of "Cox's Wildcats": Sgt.  John W. Mangham, 2nd Ga. Sharpshooters     55

CHAPTER III: "WARM SECESSIONISTS" AND COUNTRY EDITORS: THE       
     THOMAS R. MANGHAM FAMILY SETS OUT FROM PIKE COUNTY,      
    GEORGIA

1. Blazing the Trail in West Georgia: From Pike County to the Chattahoochee
    Frontier     101
2. Wielding the Pen & Sword:  Lieutenants Thomas J. and Wiley P. Mangham,
    25th Alabama     105
3. Church Bells and Cannoneers: Cpl.  Henry G. Mangham, Benton's Bty. 146
4. "Just Beyond the River": Reunion in Louisiana     155

CHAPTER IV: MERCHANTS AND THE SOUTHERN MILITIA TRADITION: THE
     JOHN C. MANGHAM FAMILY OF SPALDING COUNTY, GEORGIA

1. From Milledgeville to Griffin: John C. Mangham and the Settlement
     of West Georgia     177
2. Brothers in Arms:  Col. Samuel W. Mangham and Pvt. William R.
     Mangham, 5th Georgia; 6th Ga. State Guard; 22nd Ga. Heavy Artillery     179
3. Cousins in Arms, or "Colonel, We Are Going to Have Hot Times Just Over      
    Yonder": Col. Thos. W. Mangham and Sgt.  Willis A. Mangham, 30th Ga.     202

CHAPTER V: "SALT OF THE EARTH": THE JAMES M. MANGHAM  FAMILY OF
     BUTTS COUNTY, GEORGIA

1. A Yeoman Farmer of Butts County     245
2. Giving Their All in the Old Dominion: Sergeant Wiley P. Mangham and                     
     Pvt. John S. Mangham, 53rd Georgia     246
3. Mystery Limps on a Wooden Leg: Pvt.  John H. Mangham, 30th Alabama;      
    Anderson's Battery, Virginia Artillery     271
4. Fighting for a Small Bay Mule & a Cotton Patch: Pvt. William A. Mangham,        
    14th Alabama     279
5. Who Will Take Care of the Babies? Pvt.  James M. D. Mangham, 61st Ala.,             
     and  Wiley Paul Mangham, Confederate Soldier     311

CHAPTER VI: FARMERS, TRADESMEN, COWBOYS, AND PROFESSORS:
     THE THOMAS MANGHAM & HENRY H. MANGHAM FAMILIES

1. Life on the Southern Frontiers: The Thomas Mangham Family     337
2. Six Feet of Dirt on the Texas Frontier: Pvt. Nathaniel H. Mangham,                        
    1st Texas Mounted Rifles, Mexican War     338
3. Passing the Torch in Chambers County: Jane, John G., and Solomon R.      
    Mangham     339
4. "Ascape the Thieveing Paws of the Yankes": Pvt. Solomon R. Mangham,         
    Young's Cavalry, Alabama State Reserves     342
5. A Mystery Wrapped Within an Enigma:  James A. Mangham, Confederate      
    Soldier     352
6. "Our Troops Will Fight as Long as the Enemy Invade Our Soil": Pvt. Willoughby
     H. Mangham, 11th Georgia     354
7. Trailing a Dead Brother: First Sgt.  Willis W. Mangham, 21st Tex. Cavalry  384
8. From Orphan Boy to Plantation Owner: The Henry H. Mangham Family of
    Talbot and Taylor Counties     404
9. Planter, Private, Professor: Pvt.  James O. Mangham, 5th Ga. State Guard  407

DISCOVERING THE "VANISHED HAND AND THE VOICE THAT IS STILLED":
    BASIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUES & YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS     435

Part II

On the Trail of Uncle Solomon: Joseph Mangum's Descendants Move South    
INTRODUCTION     441

CHAPTER VII: THE WILLIAM MANGHAM FAMILY ON THE ALABAMA AND      
     TEXAS FRONTIERS

1. Plantation Life & Public Service: The William Mangham Family of Russell      
    County     441
2. With the "Buttermilk Cavalry" in New Mexico: Pvt. Irby P. Mangham, 7th      
    Texas Cavalry     447
3. An Infantryman & the Healing Arts: Pvt. Oliver P. Mangham, 2nd Florida;              
    1st Georgia     455

CHAPTER VIII: THERE'S TALL COTTON IN GEORGIA! THE JOSIAH THOMAS
     MANGUM FAMILY MOVES TO TALBOT COUNTY

1. "What a Tangled Web We Weave!" The  Josiah Thomas Mangum Family     477
2. "Gone to Alabama": The  Thomas H. Mangham Family     478
3. With the "Little Giants" at Chickamauga: Cpl.  Charles A. Mangham, 18th      
    Alabama     479
4. Lee's Last Gasp-Forlorn Hope at Fort Stedman: Pvt.  William T. T. Mangham,
    61st Alabama     499
5. Gone to Texas!     516
6. "Corking the Bottle" at Bermuda Hundred: Pvt. Bush W. Mangham, Hilliard's
     Alabama Legion and the 59th Alabama Infantry     517
7. The Wild West Comes to Nashville: Pvt. John R. Mangham,  Terry's Texas      
     Rangers     532

CHAPTER IX: WHITE GOLD ON THE RED RIVER: THE ARTHUR G. AND      
      JAMES G. MANGHAM FAMILIES MOVE WEST AGAIN

1. From Uchee Creek to the Red River Valley: Arthur and Green Mangham          
    Move West to Louisiana     553
2. "Fighting Like Hell a-Beating Tan Bark": Pvt. Thos. H. Mangham, 19th La.   554
3. "The Ravenous Garfish Wax Fat": Sgt.  Arthur G. Mangham, Jr. and Pvt. Wm. J.
     Mangham, Crescent Regiment; Pvt.  Josiah T. Mangham, 28th Louisiana     580
4. After "The Breakup": Lengthening Shadows along the Red River Valley     606

CHAPTER X: KISSIN' COUSINS: THE JOHN C. MANGHAM FAMILY OF      
     MISSISSIPPI

1. In the Shadows of the Southern Frontier: Ante-bellum Years in Georgia,  
    Alabama, and Mississippi     621
2. "All Mississippi is in a Fever to Get to the Field": Pvt. John C. Mangham,          
    10th Mississippi     623
3. "I Don't Intend to-Eat Rats!" Pvts.  Francis J. Mangham and Thomas J.
    Mangham, 1st Mississippi Light Artillery     628
4. "The Most Southern Place on Earth": Postwar Years in the Yazoo Delta     655

EPILOGUE: MOONLIGHT, MAGNOLIAS & SHADOWS IN THE GLOAMING   665

DISCOVERING THE "VANISHED HAND AND THE VOICE THAT IS STILLED":
     ADVANCED RESEARCH TECHNIQUES & YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS
     671

Appendix: Mangham Family Genealogy     675                    
Glossary     709
Bibliography     715
Index     749