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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807131504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807131503
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn the good, bad and the ugly about all general officers of the army of the CSA.
Michael K. Noirot
Mr. Warner provides concise thumbnail sketches of each General and best of all he also includes a photo or drawing of the General.
Robert C. Olson
Whether you have a serious interest in the Civil War or a novice, I highly recommend the book as an excellent reference!
Michael Taylor

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Candace Scott on February 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you have even an ancillary interest in the American Civil War, this is essential to read and to own. I consult my copy on a weekly basis and I've owned it for twenty years. Warner writes well and succinctly about all of the Confederate Generals. Each biography is accompanied by a single photograph of the subject. The book is like a large biographical dictionary, easy to navigate and peruse at your leisure. If you are interested in in-depth material on any of these Generals, it's best to consult an individual biography of your chosen favorite. But if you have a casual interest or merely want an essential reference tool, this is a "must have."
Many historians have compiled lists of the most influential and indispensable civil war books of the 20th century. Invariably, Warner's book is included, along with the companion volume on Union Generals. It's not fancy, but it remains one of the preeminent biographical tools for any civil war historian.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I remember first reading Generals in Gray as a teenager and have often referred back to the book over the years.
Warner gives a synopsis of each general , usually containing the following information:
1. Birthplace and birthdate.
2. Pre-Civil War life.
3. Battles served in, promotions, woundings, death (if applicable).
4. Postwar career (if he survived the war).
5. Death and place burial.
6. Brief mention of the general's competency (or lack thereof).
7. Relationships with other generals (superior, subordinate).
I have often found the book to be extremely helpful when reading a book on a particular Civil War battle. Doing so helps me to better understand the general when studying a particular battle.
Whether you have a serious interest in the Civil War or a novice, I highly recommend the book as an excellent reference!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DANIEL E. WYATT on December 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Generals in Gray -- Lives of Confederate Commaders. Published by Louisiana State University(1959) Ezra J. Warner gives biographical information on all 425 Confederate Generals.He gives facts about service in the -- Old Army-- and reasons why men followed the Lost Cause. This book along with Generals in Blue -- Lives of Union Commanders has excellent scholarship.Generals in Gray is a library must for buffs of the War Between the States.Mr. Warner died in 1974
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on August 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book that outlines each Confederate General who fought in the Civil War. From their beginning to the end of their life, each General of the Confederacy is listed, as well as their picture. From the great and popular Generals such as Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to more obscure generals such as Francis Nicholls and Paul Octave Hebert, each of these are analyzed and given honest treatment to their conduct and bravery during the Civil War. This is a defifite MUST have to any Civil War Historian, Librarian or enthusiast. Highly Recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Stover on September 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Warner does an excellent job in giving short biographies on all 425 Confederate generals, including a picture of each general. An excellent reference guide and a must have for your Civil War library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on December 31, 2007
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Like its companion volume Generals in Blue, Generals in Gray is an important resource for both the Civil War buff and the serious historian (which is not to say that the two can't be one and the same!). In this volume, which was actually written before Generals in Blue, author Ezra Warner has written the biographies and rustled up the photos of all the general officers confirmed by the Confederate Congress, and a handful of those who weren't for one reason or another.

There were 425 men who served as Confederate generals. Nearly one-fourth of them died in the war. Boy generals, men promoted before they reached the age of 30, were plentiful, and nearly half of them were killed on the battlefield. Looking at their photographs, one can scarcely fathom the experiences they endured at such young ages. They look like college lads.

Several of the generals profiled by Warner especially stand out for me. There's William Flank Perry, for example, the philosopher-general, who enlisted as a private in 1862 and was commissioned a brigadier in the war's final months. After the war, he taught philosophy at Ogden College in Kentucky until the turn of the century. There's Alexander Reynolds, who at war's end entered the service of the Khedive of Egypt, and so must've known the tragic Federal General Charles Pomeroy Stone, of Ball's Bluff infamy, who did so as well. There's General John McCausland, who with his huge handlebar moustache and heavy eyebrows looks for all the world like Yosemite Sam of cartoon fame. And there's the boy general Thomas Benton Smith, a youngster whose fate breaks my heart. After he and most of his brigade surrendered during the Battle of Nashville, a Federal colonel tried literally to beat Smith's brains out. His brain exposed, in a coma, Smith was expected to die. But he somehow survived, only to spend the rest of his life, some 48 years, in an insane asylum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Noirot on February 17, 2006
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This book is a must for any Civil War buff. Learn the good, bad and the ugly about all general officers of the army of the CSA. I keep this book, and its companion, Generals in Blue, handy when I am reading historical accounts of battles of the Civil War. How often, while you are reading, have you yearned to get additional information on a particular general? These books are perfect to provide more information, when you want it.
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