From the Back Cover
Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew is best known as the unwavering leader of the North Carolina brigade in Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. Before he ever donned a Confederate uniform, however, Pettigrew had already made his mark as a scientist, scholar, author, lawyer, and politician. This full-length biography of the man considered in his day as a beau ideal of the southern cavalier shows how and why Pettigrew's life was influenced by the genteel traditions of the Old South.
"A singular and elegant contribution to the art of biography, the history of the war and the civilization of the South." —Southern Partisan
"Carolina Cavalier is a rare treat that belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Southern and Civil War history." —Blue & Gray
"Carolina Cavalier is biography raised to an art form. It is, unquestionably, the finest book on a Confederate hero to appear in a very long time." —Charleston News & Courier
"Wilson . . . is clearly one of the best of his generation. . . . Thanks to him we now have a clearer image of what the Southern cavalier was like." —M.E. BRADFORD, National Review
"Wilson writes gracefully and well, unfolding, so far as possible, his narrative in a manner that carries its own interpretation. . . . Wilson sheds light on the society and the times: on education and religion, on ideological currents and political battles, on the legal profession and the literary life." —EUGENE D. GENOVESE, Chronicles of Culture
Clyde N. Wilson is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina. He has edited The Papers of John C. Calhoun, vols. 10-19, and Why the South Will Survive (Georgia, 1981).