Clingman's Brigade in the Confederacy, 1862-1865 First Edition first Printing Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0786413003
ISBN-10: 078641300X
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"By using a variety of extensively researched materials compiled and presented in a fascinating way, Casstevens has done much to unravel some of the mystery of the man while telling the story of the Rebels he commanded." --Our State

"Nicely done...the book should be of interest to anyone interested in Clingman and his troops or North Carolina and the war." --The Civil War Courier

"One of North Carolina's more enigmatic but ignored commanders...dispels myths and provides a more thorough account of the leader and his unit than ever before." --Civil War Book Review

About the Author

Retired from Wake Forest University, Frances H. Casstevens is also the author of Tales from the North and the South (2007), "Out of the Mouth of Hell" (2005), George W. Alexander and Castle Thunder (2004), Edward A. Wild and the African Brigade in the Civil War (2003) and The Civil War and Yadkin County, North Carolina (1997). She lives in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; First Edition first Printing edition (July 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078641300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786413003
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,877,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on January 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Clingman's Brigade and its leader for whom it was named, has received a mixed assessment for their Civil War activities. Often on the losing side of engagements, the brigade has been ranked "below average" by some; Robert E. Lee, however, after the affair at Drewry's Bluff in May 1864, said that Clingman's men "did their duty well," and Jefferson Davis, who witnessed Clingman's charge at the same battle, described it as "the most gallant ... he had ever witnessed." Casstevens's purpose in this book is to examine the military activities of the Brigade in order to determine its impact on various battles and affairs. In this she does a credible, evenhanded, and thorough job.

Thomas Lanier Clingman was a proud man from a proud family. A "scholar-soldier," he was born and raised in North Carolina and loved nothing more than to wander the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, mainly in pursuit of minerals and gems. He studied for the law and was elected to both the state and national legislature; he had no military training. Clingman's Brigade was formed late in 1862 and was sent to the eastern part of the state, where it saw its first action at the Neuse River (RR) Bridge near Goldsboro, in December. Ordered to protect the bridge, an overwhelming Federal force was able to capture it and burn it. Clingman and his men fought bravely, however, and blame for the failure rests on an insufficiency of men to do the job properly. Thus a pattern formed that attached itself to Clingman's Brigade like a curse: he and his men would perform their orders and their duty well, but circumstances beyond their control would intervene and diminish results.
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