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

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

by Gary W. Gallagher
 

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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

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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 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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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807882344
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/09/2000
Series:
Civil War America
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
692
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

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

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