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Bluegrass Confederate: The Headquarters Diary of Edward O. Guerrant Hardcover – November 1, 1999


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  • Hardcover: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press; First Edition edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807124117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807124116
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William C. Davis, director of programs for the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies and a professor of history at Virginia Tech University, is the author of numerous books about the Civil War, including Look Away: A History of the Confederate States of America.

Meredith L. Swentor lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Though not devoid of some human interest value, this is not an especially useful source for the historian. Guerrant saw little action, and writes scantily about what he did see. I can't imagine that most of his sojourns in West Virginia and Kentucky will be of interest to most scholars; there is an account of the Battle of Saltville, but that's about it. Eloquent, not to say melodramatic, jeremiads on the weather make up a good deal of the text.
On the other hand, Guerrant was the kind of diarist who thinks that posterity may read his diary someday, and he writes with verve and emotion -- multiple exclamation points, parenthetical clever remarks, and so on. After hundreds of pages -- for a Civil War diary this is exceedingly long -- that gets old, but he undeniably has his moments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Stewart on February 8, 2010
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I currently have 15 books that I use in researching information about Morgan's Raiders. While this book touches on part of those events, it is hard to find a book that gives better description of the day to day boredom and survival of the Confederate forces in western Virginia and eastern Tennessee during that time. It also helps reinforce the unending confusion among the officers and the struggles of vanity that were taking place. There is MUCH information here that is missing from any of the other books.

I found Guerrant a likeable young man whose concerns for his appearance, young ladies and a good horse not so different than the standard concerns of young men today. At one point he commented that he had written a thought with the idea that no young woman would ever be reading it. I considered that this older woman was reading it, but then realized that he had died long before I was born. It really puts life cycles and our communications by writing into perspective.

I am not a scholar, but have enjoyed this book tremendously. When it ended, I felt I had lost a friend. I often go back and read about his life afterwards that is in the introduction. I have been to his area of Kentucky to visit. There is a display about him, his father, son and grandson in the Bluegrass Heritage Museum in Winchester.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Delong on November 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the best day to day reading of everyday life in the CSA stationed in SW Virgina by people from Kentucky. I have read and re-reading it and use it for a reference all the time. I cannot say that I have read any better book of the everyday life of a conman solider as well as with decisions made by generals. Great book.
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