From Library Journal
Georgia native and West Point graduate Alexander was involved in nearly all of the significant battles in the Eastern theater of the Civil War and came into frequent contact with the highest command of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet. His perspective on such personalities and on the events unfolding around him is a most valuable one. Alexander's memoirs lay virtually untouched for some eight decades until rescued by Gallagher, who has done a splendid job of editing: unobtrusive; the annotation not merely a rehash of that which can be readily found in other Civil War sources. An excellent index and illustrations and maps from the original manuscript complement the text. Recommended for Civil War and military history collections. History Book Club selection.- Jason H. Silverman, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
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[A]ltogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.
[A] new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.
Journal of Southern History
The publication of Fighting for the Confederacy constitutes the most important addition to Confederate historiography in years.
Civil War History
Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers.
This book is destined to become a classic. It is simply must reading.
Blue and Gray