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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; First Edition edition (November 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801890195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801890192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coddington has hit upon a unique and fascinating niche in the seemingly endless march of Civil War books.

(C&RL News)

A lavishly produced visual record of southern Civil War soldiers... will appeal to serious photography enthusiasts and collectors, as well as those readers captivated by the personal stories of Civil War soldiers.

(Civil War Books and Authors)

Coddington's prose is as unpretentious as the faces he shares, yet authoritative. It resurrects details that broaden our understanding of those sad times and sheds valuable light on the shape of modern culture.

(Atlanta Constitution)

Faces of the Confederacy is a fine effort from a talented researcher and writer and comes highly recommended.

(David Neville Military Images Magazine)

Coddington's research in manuscript collections, newspapers, regimental histories, and soldiers' memoirs has yielded a fascinating volume which anyone interested in the Civil War will enjoy browsing.

(Indiana Magazine of History)

This is a beautiful book, and the publisher's use of high quality paper ensures that the images are superb. The notes, references, and index are also first rate. This unique book deserves a wide audience and will appeal to military historians and students of the Civil War in particular.

(On Point)

Extensive research, fascinating characters, and visual presentation of common southern soldier... The author has done an admirable job of literally placing a face on the ordinary Confederate soldier.

(Journal of Southern History)

Even at a distance of over a hundred years, the faces staring out of these pages create an undeniable emotional connection with the reader. This book is highly recommended.

(H-CivWar, H-Net Reviews)

Will have its strongest appeal to photography historians and Confederate military enthusiasts, but Coddington can be proud of his accomplishment.

(Russell K. Brown The Journal of America's Military Past)

Faces of the Confederacy is an admirable accomplishment.

(David Carlson Military History of the West)

A charming book for enthusiasts, and a tribute to the excellent detective work of the author.

(Elizabeth D. Leonard, Colby College)

Ronald S. Coddington has scored a masterpiece again. As a follow-up to his much applauded Faces of the Civil War featuring Union soldiers and sailors, he has authored a sequel. This time Confederates are center stage as they proudly pose for the all-important cartes de visite that are as treasured today by collectors and buffs as by their home folks and comrades of long ago. Complementing these are biographical profiles that inform but do not overwhelm, reminding us that each haunting face is a real person who lived, served and died many years ago.

(Edwin C. Bearss, National Park Service)

With his meticulous research and a journalist's eye for good stories, Ron Coddington has brought new life to Civil War photographic portraits of obscure and long-forgotten Confederates whose wartime experiences might otherwise have been lost to history. This is more than just a fine compilation of Civil War photographs.

(Bob Zeller, Center for Civil War Photography)

Ron Coddington has produced a fine new volume that will take its place beside William A. Albaugh’s Confederate Faces and several other Confederate photographic histories. Faces of the Confederacy continues the tradition of publishing Confederate soldier portraits, but instead of the standard fare of somewhat small photographs and brief captions, he provides us with full page pictures and the thoroughly researched stories of each individual depicted, widening our understanding of these men far beyond the normal presentation. In the world of Civil War photography, it is rare to find something that is truly new, but this book fits that bill.

(Les Jensen, West Point Museum)

About the Author

Ronald S. Coddington is a visual journalist whose work has appeared in USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the San Jose Mercury News. He writes a monthly column, "Faces of War," for The Civil War News and is the author of Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories, also published by Johns Hopkins.


More About the Author

While other kids in his Middlesex, N.J., neighborhood collected baseball cards, 14-year-old Ronald S. Coddington browsed flea markets looking for old photographs. Little did he realize after he purchased his first photo in 1977 that collecting historic images would become a lifelong pursuit. He began to write about the lives of identified Civil War soldiers in his collection in 2001. Many are included in his books, "Faces of the Civil War," "Faces of the Confederacy," and "African American Faces of the Civil War." He is a regular contributor to the New York Times series Disunion, and a columnist for the Civil War News.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A companion piece to his 2004 release FACES OF THE CIVIL WAR: AN ALBUM OF UNION SOLDIERS AND THEIR STORIES, Ronald Coddington's FACES OF THE CONFEDERACY: AN ALBUM OF SOUTHERN SOLDIERS AND THEIR STORIES is as riveting as his earlier work. Combining evocative cartes de visite images with in-depth research, Coddington has produced a living tribute to those long-ago warriors.

In FACES OF THE CONFEDERACY, Coddington profiles 77 Southern men who served in the Lost Cause, tracing their life prior to war's outbreak, their wartime service and postwar life. Entries range from one to three pages in length; most being two pages long.

The men profiled in the book were ordinary soldiers, rank and file. (The highest rank attained by any of them was Lieutenant Colonel). They ranged from illiterate farmers to wealthy plantation owners. Most served in the infantry. Others saw action in the cavalry, artillery, navy or guerrilla units. Some served throughout the war; a few were captured in their first battle. Most survived the war uninjured. Others were not so lucky, being killed in battle or dying of the various diseases that plagued both armies. Still others survived but with missing limbs. One man was wounded seven(!) times yet survived the war.

Interestingly enough, while the stories of wartime service were stirring, what lingers is the human interest aspects found in the biographies. The hopes, fears, triumphs, tragedies and ultimate fate of those young men are all skillfully presented by Coddington.

In short, FACES OF THE CONFEDERACY really puts a human face on the Civil War. It's a wonderfully researched, insightful and compelling tribute to the warriors of the South. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa P. on February 24, 2011
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I purchased this book for my father who is into Civil War stories, and he truly enjoyed reading it. It's great that it includes the journal entries of a Union soldier and a Confederate soldier starting about a month before Gettysburg.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fuller on October 30, 2012
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Most works about the War for Southern Independence focus on battle tactics and the generals who led their troops. While such works are useful, they seldom tell the stories of the enlisted men and junior officers who bore the brunt of the on-the-ground fighting and incurred the most casualties. The carte-de- visites shown in this book portray these young men as they leave home, and the author tells their often poignant stories. It conveys the appearance of these mostly young men and their feelings as they depart for the front lines - some display the bulletproof confidence of youth, while others are clearly more grim and realistic about what they will face in combat. A fascinating, thoroughly researched book and worthy of addition to the library of any serious student of the conflict.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cabin Girl on January 3, 2012
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I bought this book for my husband who loves history. As a veteran I knew he would find it interesting. I was right... he loved it. I purchased it along with Ron Coddington's other book Faces of the Civil War because I thought my husband would want to read about both sides. They are a great pairing and I can't wait to buy more of Ron's books for my husband.
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