Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates

Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates

by Glenn W. LaFantasie
     
 

William C. Oates is best remembered as the Confederate officer defeated at Gettysburg's Little Round Top, losing a golden opportunity to turn the Union's flank and win the battle—and perhaps the war. Now, Glenn W. LaFantasie—bestselling author of Twilight at Little Round Top—has written a gripping biography of Oates.

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William C. Oates is best remembered as the Confederate officer defeated at Gettysburg's Little Round Top, losing a golden opportunity to turn the Union's flank and win the battle—and perhaps the war. Now, Glenn W. LaFantasie—bestselling author of Twilight at Little Round Top—has written a gripping biography of Oates.

Oates was no moonlight-and-magnolias Southerner, as LaFantasie shows. Raised in the hard-scrabble Wiregrass Country of Alabama, he ran away from home as a teenager, roamed through Louisiana and Texas—where he took up card sharking—and finally returned to Alabama, to pull himself up by his bootstraps and become a respected attorney. During the war, he rose to the rank of colonel, served under Stonewall Jackson and Lee, was wounded six times and lost an arm. Returning home, he launched a successful political career, becoming a seven-term congressman and ultimately governor. LaFantasie shows how, for Oates, the war never really ended—he remained devoted to the Lost Cause, and spent the rest of his life waging the political battles of Reconstruction.

Here then is a richly evocative story of Southern life before, during, and after the Civil War, based on first-time and exclusive access of family papers and never-before-seen archives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195331318
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/29/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Rough and Tumble Days
2. Baptism by Fire
3. An Unchristian State of Mind
4. Ragged Jacks
5. Boulders like Gravestones
6. In the Purple Gloom
7. Gone to Flickering
8. The End of Chivalry
9. Before the Bar
10. The One-Armed Hero of Henry County
11. Striking to Hurt
12. A Soldier in His Heart
13. Stumbling Toward Equality
14. Requiem

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