Destruction and Reconstruction: Personal Experiences of the Late War

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Richard Taylor (1826-1879), son of President Zachary Taylor and brother-in-law of Jefferson Davis, was a planter, politician, and general. Taylor's memoir of his Civil War and Reconstruction experiences is regarded as one of the best-written of the period. His recollections focus on his service in Virginia under Stonewall Jackson and later as commander of the department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. 274 pp.
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Blue leather. Collector's library of the Civil War Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover. <br><br>Richard Taylor was born to one of America???s most prominent ... military families. His grandfather, Richard Lee Taylor, had served in the American Revolution, while his father, Zachary Taylor, rode military fame all the way to the White House in 1840. During the Mexican-American War, Taylor was a military secretary for his famous father.When the Civil War broke out, Taylor began quickly rising through the ranks, leading a regiment at the Battle of First Bull Run. Taylor had all the right connections, but he was a skilled leader, quickly becoming a brigadier general under Stonewall Jackson, serving during the renowned Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1862.Taylor became major general and was sent to Louisiana, partly because his arthritis had left him disabled during the Seven Days Battles during the Peninsula Campaign in the summer of 1862. Taylor struggled with inadequate troops and supplies out west for the rest of the year, but he performed admirably enough to be promoted to Lieutenant General before the end of the war. Nathan Bedford Forrest noted that Taylor was ???the biggest man in the lot. If we'd had more like him, we would have licked the Yankees long ago."After the war, Taylor authored Destruction and Reconstruction, considered one of the most credible memoirs written by a Civil War veteran. Taylor focuses on the Confederacy???s grand war strategy, casting a critical eye. He was an unreconstructed rebel during Reconstruction, so the memoirs finish by discussing Reconstruction politics. Read more Show Less

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1983 Hardcover 0809442809. Hardcover; Time-Life Books; 1983; re-issue; Very Good in Good dust jacket; Collector's library of the Civil War.

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Richard Taylor (1826-1879), son of President Zachary Taylor and brother-in-law of Jefferson Davis, was a planter, politician, and general. Taylor's memoir of his Civil War and Reconstruction experiences is regarded as one of the best-written of the period. His recollections focus on his service in Virginia under Stonewall Jackson and later as commander of the department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana. 274 pp.
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Richard Taylor, the only son of President Zachary Taylor, was born at his father’s plantation, Springfield, outside Louisville, Kentucky in 1826. He graduated from Yale in 1845, and spent most of the succeeding years in Mississippi and Louisiana, where he became a sugar planter and earned a reputation as politician, gentleman-scholar and raconteur. A delegate to the Democratic convention in 1860, he worked there to avert the disruption of the Northern and Southern wings.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Author's Preface
Ch. I Secession 1
Ch. II First Scenes of the War 7
Ch. III After Manassas 14
Ch. IV Opening of the Peninsular Campaign 24
Ch. V The Valley Campaign 36
Ch. VI "The Seven Days around Richmond" 80
Ch. VII The District of Louisiana 97
Ch. VIII Operations in Louisiana and on the Mississippi 110
Ch. IX Attacked by the Federals - Attempt to Relieve Vicksburg - Capture of Berwick's Bay 129
Ch. X Movement to the Red River - Campaign against Banks 149
Ch. XI Escape of Banks and Porter 179
Ch. XII East of the Mississippi 200
Ch. XIII Closing Operations of the War - Surrender 226
Ch. XIV Criticisms and Reflections 236
Ch. XV Reconstruction under Johnson 246
Ch. XVI Reconstruction under Grant 264
Ch. XVII Conclusion 277
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