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Chickasaw, A Mississippi Scout for the Union: The Civil War Memoir of Levi H. Naron, as Recounted by R. W. Surbyby Cockrell, Thomas D., editor and Ballard, Michael B.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Retail Price: $19.95
Issue: Spring 2006
As a resident of Chickasaw County Mississippi and proprietor of six black slaves, Levi H. Naron was expected to be a friend to the Southern cause. Yet decency, common sense, and a suspicion of fire-eating secessionists, compelled him to offer his services to the Union army upon the outbreak of the Civil War. Thus was Naron's life transformed from that of a land owner in northeastern Mississippi to a Federal scout, spy, and raider. Naron recounts such espionage activities as burning Confederate railcars, supplying faulty intelligence, and chasing down Union deserters, all the while feigning allegiance to his Southern brothers.