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Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register (SHADES OF BLUE & GRAY) Hardcover – September 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0826218094 ISBN-10: 0826218091 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: SHADES OF BLUE & GRAY (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (September 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826218091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826218094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the Confederate Army, the field officer with the rank of colonel had the most direct effect on the survival of the soldiers. The 1,583 men who gained this rank have not received the credit due them, and this work seeks to fill that gap. The introduction provides an overview of how colonels received their rank through election by the regiment or by appointment. The determination of just who was a colonel comes from an officer’s compiled service record. The introduction also provides a number of statistics; for example, Virginia supplied the most colonels (186), 19 colonels were thrown out of the army, and 252 were killed in action. The entries list dates, places, prewar occupations, spouses, service records, and location of collections of papers, and they are full of interesting information. For example, Colonel Charles W. Adams was Helen Keller’s grandfather; Colonel Robert Hamilton Crockett was the grandson of Davy Crockett; and Colonel Upton Hays was the grandson of Daniel Boone. The most famous colonel, John Mosby, the “Gray Ghost,” is well represented. The three appendixes list “Colonels Who Became Generals,” “Colonels of State Armies,” and “Other Officers Called ‘Colonel’” who are identified in other credible sources. This well-written and well-researched book should be included in all libraries collecting Civil War history, especially those with special collections of Confederate materials. It is also useful for genealogy research. --Abbie Landry

About the Author

Bruce S. Allardice is Adjunct Professor at South Suburban College and Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois and the author of More Generals in Gray and coauthor of Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables. He lives in Des Plaines, Illinois.

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This book is a good read and interesting to study.
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This book is a must for anyone interested in the subject of Confederate colonels.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brett R. Schulte on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Note: This review compares Confederate Colonels and Kentuckians in Gray.

Bruce Allardice seems to have a monopoly on recent Confederate reference works, with an assist from Lawrence Lee Hewitt. Kentuckians in Gray: Confederate Generals and Field Officers in the Bluegrass State and Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register were both projects released in late 2008 by that author. Kentuckians in Gray features biographies of thirty-nine Confederate generals either born in or associated with Kentucky along with a biographical register of Kentucky's field officers (majors, lt. colonels, and colonels). Confederate Colonels, naturally enough, takes a look at all Confederate colonels who were not promoted to a higher rank, also in the biographical register format.

Some readers may have already noted that some men, Kentucky colonels who never achieved a higher rank, appear in both books. Additionally, frequent readers of TOCWOC - A Civil War Blog know that I like to mix things up with reviews now and again. That said, this particular blog entry is going to take a closer look at the two books and compare the entries of a single Confederate colonel, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Jr., to see how similar the information in each book is. Naturally, one would assume the entries would be nearly identical since Bruce Allardice was involved in both works.

As mentioned in the introduction, Kentuckians in Gray is a book consisting of two very different sections. The first contains thirty-nine short five or so page biographies of every Confederate general either born in Kentucky or who became prominent there. Stories of the famous (John Bell Hood, Albert Sidney Johnston, Jon C. Breckinridge) are mixed with the more obscure (Adam Rankin Johnson, Samuel Bell Maxey, Basil W. Duke).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By McIntyre on October 11, 2008
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This book is a must for anyone interested in the subject of Confederate colonels. It is similar to the books "Generals in Gray" and "More Generals in Gray", and makes a nice companion to these two volumes.

The biographies, arranged in alphabetical order, include the basic information about the individual: dates of birth and death; marriages; occupations; and trivia. Most of the data pertains to the colonel's service in the Confederate Army. Surprisingly, some of these colonels have never had any biographical sketches written about them until now. As with any book of this type, a few errors can be found, but the research is otherwise solid.

"Confederate Colonels" represents a tremendous amount of work, and the author deserves a lot of credit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David M. Dougherty VINE VOICE on March 12, 2009
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This book by Allerdice is strictly a reference work on all colonels appointed or commissioned by the Confederate government giving a short biography on each. Although I have given this work five stars for filling a hole in the reference literature of the Civil War, I suspect the reader will find many individual sketches of various colonels insufficient. However, hopefully this will provide a good starting point for further research if necessary.

Colonels in state units are included in an appendix without biographies and those individuals who later advanced to general officer rank are similarly listed in an appendix without biographies.

The Introduction should be read carefully so the reader understands who is included and excluded and I found the statistics contained therein extremely interesting.

The short, one paragraph biographies (in alphabetical order)generally contain the following information: name, DPOB, education, occupation, important events in civilian life, marriage(s), service record of promotions to colonel, regimental service, WIA, KIA, POW record, DPOD, postwar career and a comment as to the value or efficiency of each subject as an officer. Missing generally is the service record of campaign service and battle participation, although when wounded or killed in battle the action is noted.

My only criticism would be that I would have preferred more lengthly biographies detailing actions in battles and campaigns to better follow each subject's military career.

This work should be on every Civil War historian's shelf along with Ezra Warner's "Generals in Gray: Lives of the Confederate Commanders" and William Davis, "The Confederate General" (All six volumes.) For most readers this work will be used infrequently, but it is valuable nevertheless.
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