The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry

The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry

by Charles Larry Gordon
     
 

John Crawford Vaughn was one of the most famous men in Tennessee in the mid-nineteenth century. He was the first man to raise an infantry regiment in the state—and one of the very last Confederate generals to surrender. History has not been kind to Vaughn, who finally emerges from the shadows in this absorbing assessment of his life and military career. Making

Overview

John Crawford Vaughn was one of the most famous men in Tennessee in the mid-nineteenth century. He was the first man to raise an infantry regiment in the state—and one of the very last Confederate generals to surrender. History has not been kind to Vaughn, who finally emerges from the shadows in this absorbing assessment of his life and military career. Making use of recent research and new information, Larry Gordon’s biography follows Vaughn to Manassas, Vicksburg and other crucial battles; it shows him as a close friend of Jefferson Davis, and Davis’s escort during the final month of the war. And it considers his importance as one of the few Confederate generals to return to Tennessee after Reconstruction, where he became President of the State Senate. Gordon examines Vaughn’s (hitherto unknown) location on the field of crucial battles; his multiple wounds; the fact that his wife and family, captured by Union soldiers, were the only family members of a Confederate general incarcerated as hostages during the Civil War; and the effect of this knowledge on his performance as a military commander. Finally, the book is as valuable for its view of this little understood figure as it is for the light it casts on the culture of his day.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Civil War Books & Authors
“Modern reappraisals of maligned Civil War figures like Confederate General John Crawford Vaughn often attempt to even the score by either going too far in the other direction or attacking the subject's critics. Fortunately, Charles Larry Gordon's The Last Confederate Generalavoids such tactics, and instead attempts a balanced, 'warts and all' portrait of the man…

“The Last Confederate General is a largely sympathetic, yet even handed, appraisal of the checkered military career of John C. Vaughn. In addition to the narrative account of the general's military service, the lengthy biographical sketch is useful, both as a portrait of a neglected Civil War figure and a personalized example of the deep divisions within East Tennessee politics and society.”

Blue & Gray Magazine

“With more than 30 pages of notes and bibliography, it appears Mr. Gordon left nothing unturned in search of material. Nearly 20 letters written by Vaughn are the heart of the book and provide a unique glimpse into the life of this fascinating man…I discovered much of interest about this man’s role in some extraordinarily diverse corners of the War. Mr. Gordon has brought to light another neglected tale of the Civil War. The story is compelling and I found it difficult to put down. There’s no denying, John Crawford Vaughn was an interesting character. I recommend this book.”

Our History Project
The Last Confederate General is a fine read for anyone: Action, adventure, love, drama, war and perseverance. What more can you ask for in a book. Five stars for Larry Gordon for a job well done…Larry Gordon seemed to have nailed both recreational reading and historically accurate statistics in one read….a fascinating story of courage, determination and self worth.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760335178
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Civil War Books & Authors “Modern reappraisals of maligned Civil War figures like Confederate General John Crawford Vaughn often attempt to even the score by either going too far in the other direction or attacking the subject's critics. Fortunately, Charles Larry Gordon's The Last Confederate Generalavoids such tactics, and instead attempts a balanced, 'warts and all' portrait of the man… “The Last Confederate General is a largely sympathetic, yet even handed, appraisal of the checkered military career of John C. Vaughn. In addition to the narrative account of the general's military service, the lengthy biographical sketch is useful, both as a portrait of a neglected Civil War figure and a personalized example of the deep divisions within East Tennessee politics and society.”

Our History Project“The Last Confederate General is a fine read for anyone: Action, adventure, love, drama, war and perseverance. What more can you ask for in a book. Five stars for Larry Gordon for a job well done…Larry Gordon seemed to have nailed both recreational reading and historically accurate statistics in one read….a fascinating story of courage, determination and self worth.”

Blue & Gray Magazine

“With more than 30 pages of notes and bibliography, it appears Mr. Gordon left nothing unturned in search of material. Nearly 20 letters written by Vaughn are the heart of the book and provide a unique glimpse into the life of this fascinating man…I discovered much of interest about this man’s role in some extraordinarily diverse corners of the War. Mr. Gordon has brought to light another neglected tale of the Civil War. The story is compelling and I found it difficult to put down. There’s no denying, John Crawford Vaughn was an interesting character. I recommend this book.”

Meet the Author

A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, Larry Gordon retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel and is now a military analyst at a not-for-profit institute associated with the Department of Defense. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, the University of Kansas, and the Army War College. Larry and his wife, Julia, live in the Washington, D.C., area, where he has long been a park volunteer at Manassas National Battlefield.

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