Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War

Soldier and Scholar: Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve and the Civil War

by Ward W. Briggs Jr., Basil L. Gildersleeve
     
 

One of America's greatest classical scholars, Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924) was also a Civil War journalist. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and a self-described "southerner beyond dispute," he received his doctorate in Germany and returned to America an enthusiastic advocate of Greek scholarship. Like every male member of his immediate family

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One of America's greatest classical scholars, Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924) was also a Civil War journalist. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, and a self-described "southerner beyond dispute," he received his doctorate in Germany and returned to America an enthusiastic advocate of Greek scholarship. Like every male member of his immediate family (including his father). Gildersleeve enlisted after Fort Sumter, but he continued to teach at the University of Virginia during the winters. Frequenting Richmond during the war, this young intellectual and passionate partisan who found the war, with its attendant social and political issues, as stimulating as his beloved classics. In Soldier and Scholar, editor Ward Briggs has assembled a revealing collection of Gildersleeve's writings: autobiographical essays, sixty-three editorials he wrote for the Richmond Examiner during the war, and a series of his reflections upon the causes and effects of the Civil War thirty years later. This collection, which offers a view of Gildersleeve's intellectual beliefs and his passions, should interest Southern historians, classicists, and Civil War buffs.

University of Virginia Press

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In assembling Gildersleeve's writings<--> autobiographical, newspaper editorials, and Southern essays, Briggs (classics and humanities, U. of South Carolina) brings to light the reflections of a U. of Virginia classics scholar during the Civil War. His classical rhetoric lends a novel twist to his loyalist but critical views on the South's "Good Cause," in chastising the Confederate administration as well as critics of slavery and Yankee poet "sinners" against the English language. Includes a few b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813917436
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Publications of the Southern Texts Society Series
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 7.94(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Ward W. Briggs Jr. is Carolina Professor of Classics and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities at the University of South Carolina.

University of Virginia Press

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