Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexanderby Gary W. Gallagher
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.
[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
Meet the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
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