Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander

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Originally published by UNC Press in 1989, Fighting for the Confederacy is one of the richest personal accounts in all of the vast literature on the Civil War. Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East, from First Manassas through Appomattox, and his duties brought him into frequent contact with most of the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet. No other Civil War veteran of his stature matched Alexander's ...
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Overview

Originally published by UNC Press in 1989, Fighting for the Confederacy is one of the richest personal accounts in all of the vast literature on the Civil War. Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East, from First Manassas through Appomattox, and his duties brought him into frequent contact with most of the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet. No other Civil War veteran of his stature matched Alexander's ability to discuss operations in penetrating detail-- this is especially true of his description of Gettysburg. His narrative is also remarkable for its utterly candid appraisals of leaders on both sides.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[A]ltogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.

New Republic

[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.

American Heritage

This book is destined to become a classic. It is simply must reading.

Blue and Gray

Library Journal
Georgia native and West Point graduate Alexander was involved in nearly all of the significant battles in the Eastern theater of the Civil War and came into frequent contact with the highest command of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet. His perspective on such personalities and on the events unfolding around him is a most valuable one. Alexander's memoirs lay virtually untouched for some eight decades until rescued by Gallagher, who has done a splendid job of editing: unobtrusive; the annotation not merely a rehash of that which can be readily found in other Civil War sources. An excellent index and illustrations and maps from the original manuscript complement the text. Recommended for Civil War and military history collections. History Book Club selection.-- Jason H. Silverman, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847220
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/1998
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 692
  • Sales rank: 604,421
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Editor's Note
Chapter 1. Early Days
Chapter 2. First Manassas or Bull Run
Chapter 3. Fall & Winter after Bull Run
Chapter 4. Seven Days
Chapter 5. Second Manassas Campaign
Chapter 6. Sharpsburg Campaign
Chapter 7. The Fall of 1862
Chapter 8. The Battle of Fredericksburg
Chapter 9. Winter after Fredericksburg
Chapter 10. Battle of Chancellorsville
Chapter 11. The Gettysburg Campaign
Chapter 12. Chickamauga
Chapter 13. Chattanooga & Knoxville
Chapter 14. Spring of 1864
Chapter 15. Wilderness & Spottsylvania
Chapter 16. North Anna & Drury's Bluff
Chapter 17. Totopotomoy & Cold Harbor
Chapter 18. Passage of James River
Chapter 19. Siege of Petersburg
Chapter 20. Fall of 1864
Chapter 21. Fall & Winter of 1864 & '65
Chapter 22. Appomattox
Notes
Index

Figures
1. Hogshead and platform
2. Hogs on "sawpit" timbers
3. Projectile with hole through long axis
4. Vicinity of First Manassas battlefield
5. Strategic situation prior to First Manassas
6. First issue Confederate flag
7. Army of Northern Virginia battle flag
8. Confederate flag with cross as union
9. Confederate flag surrounded by stars
10. Lt. Gen James Longstreet late in life
11. Peninsula of Virginia
12. Battlefield at Seven Pines
13. Battlefield at Mechanicsville
14. Battlefield at Gaines's Mill
15. Terrain at White Oak Swamp
16. Strategic situation on the Richmond-Petersburg front, 1862
17. Virginia and Maryland
18. Potomac River near Shepherdstown
19. Battlefield at Sharpsburg
20. Battlefield at Fredericksburg
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75. General Lee's return to his lines after surrender
76. McLean House, Appomattox Court House

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

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    If a reader can read only one book about the Civil War, I recomm

    If a reader can read only one book about the Civil War, I recommend this book as the one. Alexander resigned his US Army commission, participated in and survived all the major campaigns with the Army of Northern Virginia, and knew personally almost all the major players in the Confederacy and many Union officers as well. Since he never intended his words for publication, he provides astonishingly direct and candid critiques of the major players, North and South. He skillfully provides high level strategic overviews and hand drawn maps as well as eyewitness, on the ground accounts of events, conversations, and attitudes. An amazing work by a primary source.

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  • Posted May 17, 2012

    One of the best civil war books that i have ever read. i recomme

    One of the best civil war books that i have ever read. i recommend reading this book if you are a civil war buff. in one of his recollections he recalls using his telescope during a particular battle. It was absolutely astonishing. no doubt it had to be him. During the Civil War, E.P. Alexander was the "todays computer whiz-kid" with a cannon.

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