Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexanderby Gary W. Gallagher (Editor)
Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East and had frequent contact
First published by UNC Press in 1989, Porter Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy is now considered one of the richest personal accounts of the Civil War. Intended for family and intimate friends, it is an insider's candid and evocative assessment of people and events.
Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East and had frequent contact with the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia. A West Point graduate, he also is the author of Military Memoirs of a Confederate (1907), an acclaimed general history of Lee's army.
[A] new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.
Journal of Southern History
The publication of Fighting for the Confederacy constitutes the most important addition to Confederate historiography in years.
Civil War History
Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers.
This book is destined to become a classic. It is simply must reading.
Blue and Gray
What People are Saying About This
Gary W. Gallagher, in publishing Fighting for the Confederacy, has given Civil War historians one of the most unexpected and delightful surprises in many years. . . . It is a book that must be read.--Louisiana History
All serious students of the Army of Northern Virginia . . . owe a debt of gratitude to Gary Gallagher. . . . This book is destined to become a classic. It is simply must reading.--Blue and Gray
What a marvelous book! . . . Because of Gallagher's editorial efforts everyone interested in the Confederacy has ready access to what may very well be the most outstanding Confederate military memoir.--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Alexander's vigorous prose and astute personal observations . . . have made Fighting for the Confederacy a new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.--Journal of Southern History
Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers with weaker claims to distinction than his, and refreshingly candid about his own frailties and those of some of the Confederacy's most revered commanders.--American Heritage
A treasure of Civil War 'personal memoirs' . . . altogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.--New Republic
Fighting for the Confederacy unquestionably will join the ranks of those standard works that every serious student of the Civil War will want to read.--Georgia Historical Quarterly
Meet the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
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