Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers

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This is Grady McWhiney at his finest. Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers is a collection of seventeen essays on a wide variety of topics relating to Confederate leadership and war-making.The role of culture in the coming of the war is explored in depth as are the differences between Southern "Crackers" and "Cavaliers." Battlefield leadership is also discussed, including pieces on A. P. Hill, P. G. T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, and Leonidas Polk. Other important essays include work on why the South fired the first...
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Overview

This is Grady McWhiney at his finest. Confederate Crackers and Cavaliers is a collection of seventeen essays on a wide variety of topics relating to Confederate leadership and war-making.The role of culture in the coming of the war is explored in depth as are the differences between Southern "Crackers" and "Cavaliers." Battlefield leadership is also discussed, including pieces on A. P. Hill, P. G. T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, and Leonidas Polk. Other important essays include work on why the South fired the first shot of the war, how 1862 was actually the "doom year" of the Confederacy, and a treatment of the tactical revolution that occurred between the beginning of the Mexican War and the end of the Civil War. There are more than a few surprises. One chapter, entitled "Sex and Chivalry," investigates the role of West Point in shaping the deportment of America's class of military gentlemen. Jefferson Davis, though, looms largest in this book. From his days along the banks of the Hudson, to his service in Mexico, to an analysis of his war leadership as president of the Confederacy, McWhiney investigates this tarnished American hero whom, the author claims, has been almost as vilified by Americans as Adolf Hitler. McWhiney is known for his unconventional stances. While his work is sometimes controversial, often hotly debated, and nearly always provocative, it can never be ignored. After a long sabbatical from publishing, this astonishing author and historian is back at work.

Author Biography: GRADY McWHINEY needs no introduction to readers of Civil War history. A distinguished writer, historian, teacher, and philanthropist, his career has spanned more than fifty years. His many publications include the highly regarded (and debated) Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage, and Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee (McWhiney Foundation Press). He is in great demand as a scholar, speaker, and authority on Southern and Civil War history. McWhiney is also the founder of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, headquartered at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he currently resides.

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The Civil War Courier
The name Grady McWhiney will immediately register with most students of the Civil War....and this collection of some of his essays stands as a monument to the man and his contribution to Civil War knowledge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893114272
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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GRADY McWHINEY needs no introduction to readers of Civil War history. A distinguished writer, historian, teacher, and philanthropist, his career has spanned more than fifty years. His many publications include the highly regarded (and debated) Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage, and Battle in the Wilderness: Grant Meets Lee (McWhiney Foundation Press). He is in great demand as a scholar, speaker, and authority on Southern and Civil War history. McWhiney is also the founder of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation, headquartered at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he currently resides.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A Celtic Heritage 1
Ch. 2 Crackers and Cavaliers 21
Ch. 3 Sex and Chivalry 40
Ch. 4 Grant's Military Model 64
Ch. 5 Jefferson Davis and the Art of War 77
Ch. 6 A Mexican War Hero 91
Ch. 7 A Tactical Revolution 111
Ch. 8 The First Shot 136
Ch. 9 Davis and His Generals 149
Ch. 10 Beauregard's "Complete Victory" at Shiloh 172
Ch. 11 Davis and the Patronage 190
Ch. 12 A Bishop as General 209
Ch. 13 Recklessness Destroys a General 222
Ch. 14 Needed but Misused 245
Ch. 15 An "Unsuccessful" Davis Biographer 262
Ch. 16 The Unforgivable President 277
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