Green Mount
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Green Mount

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  • Binding: Perfect Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781610052955
  • Pages: 480
  • Item #: 4329
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The Fleets of Tidewater Virginia, living near Richmond 
in their plantation home Green Mount, were close to
many of the great events of the Civil War. Their story,
told in journal and letters by several members of the
family, occupies a unique place among the numerous
war memoirs of the South.

Central in Green Mount is the journal of youthful 
Benjamin Fleet (or Benny, as he is called by the family),
commenced in January 1860. This document is without
parallel in the literature of the Civil War.
Young Benny described the plantation world about him
with perception, honesty, and a surprising maturity. He
sees it with fresh eyes, uncolored by the rationalizations
so common among adults, and records many details not
only of the conduct of the plantation itself but also of the
education of the time, of boyish diversions, of the society
of the Virginia planters, and of the place of religion in the
life of his neighborhood.

Complementing the journal are letters of Fred, Benny’s 
older brother, who served for four years in the Confederate
army. Though his regiment was not engaged in any of the
great campaigns until the siege of Petersburg, Fred’s letters
home show the attitude of the soldiers towards the war and
the enemy, most pointedly their confidence and good
spirits. He also contributes vignettes of well-known
Confederate leaders, among them Beauregard, Lee, and
lesser figures like Magruder and Henry A. Wise.
The collection is completed by letters of Benny’s parents.
Pa’s duties as a physician often left Benny with the daily
management of the plantation, and his correspondence
reveals the planter as a man with business interests other
than agriculture.

Green Mount, with its combination of soldier and civilian, 
of age and youth, gives an unusually complete picture of
the plantation and the effects of war upon this central
southern institution and of morale in the South from the
election of Lincoln to the end of the Confederacy.
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