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In this masterpiece of research, a splendid supplement to Ezra J. Warner's Generals in Gray, Bruce S. Allardice brings to light a neglected class of officers: the Confederacy's "other" generals — men who attained their rank outside the usual avenue of appointment by President Jefferson Davis and who had been virtually forgotten as a consequence. Explaining that the process of becoming a general was fraught with politics, lobbying, intrigue, accident, mismanagement, and chance, Allardice identifies six main ...

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In this masterpiece of research, a splendid supplement to Ezra J. Warner's Generals in Gray, Bruce S. Allardice brings to light a neglected class of officers: the Confederacy's "other" generals — men who attained their rank outside the usual avenue of appointment by President Jefferson Davis and who had been virtually forgotten as a consequence. Explaining that the process of becoming a general was fraught with politics, lobbying, intrigue, accident, mismanagement, and chance, Allardice identifies six main categories of legitimate claimants to the rank of Confederate General — two more than historians have traditionally recognized. He presents a substantial biographical sketch of 137 generals not found in Warner's original and a short bibliography of each. For the vast majority, his is the first treatment ever published.

This masterful study brings to light a class of officers never before covered in any book: the Confederacy's "other" generals. For each of the 137 generals profiled--including Raphael Semmes, Francis Bartow, Henry Kyd Douglas, and Tom Munford--Allardice presents a substantial biographical sketch and a short bibliography. 108 halftone photos.

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Library Journal
Ezra J. Warner's Generals in Gray (1959), a landmark of Civil War scholarship, identified 425 men whose service as Confederate generals could be firmly documented. Applying Warner's rigorous criteria for qualification to the data generated by his own exhaustive research, Allardice, the secretary of the prestigious Chicago Civil War Roundtable, has concluded that another 137 soldiers should be recognized as Confederate generals. His work provides a detailed, well-documented biographical sketch for each officer, including a photograph, if available. An accompanying appendix lists another 132 candidates whose claims to general rank may yet be substantiated. This instant classic is a worthy companion to Warner's seminal work. It should be acquired by all libraries with an interest in Civil War history or Southern genealogy.-Lawrence E. Ellis, Newberry Coll., S.C.
Jay Freeman
It is a popular misconception that Confederate military forces were models of efficiency and dash, contrasting with Union forces hindered by bureaucratic bungling and political meddling. As Allardice illustrates, the same maladies plagued Confederate armies; the promotion procedure for generals was particularly cumbersome and subject to the whims of politicians within and without the military structure. In this series of biographical sketches, Allardice examines the careers of 137 of the more obscure Confederate generals, most of whom were appointed outside the usual process, which required approval of the Confederate Congress. While many of Allardice's subjects seem to have earned their obscurity, some are notable and rather intriguing personalities. His sketches are likely to interest both general readers and Civil War scholars.
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Following the now classic biographies of 425 Confederate generals in Ezra J. Warner's Generals in Grey (1959), Allardice profiles another 137 who attained their rank without presidential appointment. Among them are some generals who were in service to an individual state but not to the Confederacy, some appointed by military authorities but not the president, and some who claimed to have been appointed by the president but any record of such an appointment was lost in the chaotic last days of the war. Includes an extensive bibliography but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807155752
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Bruce S. Allardice is the coauthor of Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables. He has published articles in Civil War History, Civil War Times Illustrated, and North & South, and he teaches history at South Suburban College near Chicago.

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