Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox started off his military career as a promising young West Point cadet and proved himself in battle with service as an officer in the Mexican War. But when the South seceded in 1861, Wilcox, along with 305 other West Point graduates, sided with the Confederacy. Aside from the historical perspective his life provides, a closer analysis reveals Wilcox as a man whose life, like those of many of his colleagues, was forever altered by the Civil War. Author Gerard Patterson brings his little-known subject to life in this fascinating biography.
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About the Author
Gerard Patterson is the author of Rebels From West Point, Justice or Atrocity: Gen. George E. Pickett and the Kinston, N.C. Hangings, and Debris of Battle: The Wounded of Gettysburg (0-8117-0498-X) and has contributed more than thirty articles to Civil War Times Illustrated, American History, and other history publications. After retiring from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1995, he has concentrated on Civil War research and writing. He lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.