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Kentuckians in Gray: Confederate Generals and Field Officers of the Bluegrass State Hardcover – December 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky; First Edition edition (December 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813124751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813124759
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,773,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Such a source on Kentucky's Confederate colonels, lieutenant colonels, and majors has never been published--until now."--James A. Ramage, Regents Professor of History, Northern Kentucky University, and author of Rebel Raider: The Life of General John Hunt Morgan" --



""Kentuckians in Gray offers interesting and valuable biographical essays on the Confederate generals and field-grade officers who were born in Kentucky or whose lives were strongly attached to the state, with full emphasis on their Civil War careers."--Charles P. Roland, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Kentucky" --



"KENTUCKIANS IN GRAY makes a noteworthy contribution to Kentucky and Confederate history. The editors have collected a group of informative biographical sketches of every Kentuckian who became a general officer in the Confederate States Army, the famous as well as the not-so famous. The editors also include a bonus, an annotated list of all field grade officers in Confederate units from Kentucky. A valuable reference, this volume should be in the library of both Kentucky history enthusiasts and serious students of the Civil War. --William J. Cooper, author of Jefferson Davis and the Civil War Era" --



""Kentuckians in Gray is an invaluable and original contribution to Kentucky and Civil War history. Both the biographical and bibliographical information in these fine sketches will be of great use to anyone interested in the story of the war in the Bluegrass State and beyond." -- George C. Rable, Charles Summersell Chair in Southern History, University of Alabama, author of Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!" --



""Kentuckians in Gray is not simply a reference work. The mini-biographies of Kentucky generals make it an interesting and informative read at the same time." --TOCWOC Blog" --



""It has been mentioned before that 2008 saw the publication of a number of top notch reference books, especially Confederate ones, and Kentuckians in Gray is certainly near the top of the pile." --cwba.blogspot.com" --



""The biographies narrate interesting stories behind the men and explain how they achieved the various ranks of general in the army." --Bits and Pieces, Hardin Co. Historical Society" --



""The biographies narrate interesting stories behind the men and explain how they achieved the various ranks of general in the army." --Bits and Pieces, Hardin Co. Historial Society" --



""A unique and invaluable reference source, Kentuckians in Gray is essential reading for students and scholars of Kentucky and Confederate military history." --Matthew E. Stanley, Ohio Valley History" --



""Bruce Allardice and Lawrence Lee Hewitt have done excellent work in assembling these fascinating biographies." --David Powell, Blue & Gray Magazine" --



""This work represents a significant addition to the existing literature on the Confederate generals.... This volume effectively describes the experiences of Kentucky natives making a choice to serve the Confederate cause while their home state eventually maintained an official allegiance to the Union." --Jake Struhelka, West Virginia History" --



""The biographical sketches are of uneven quality, ranging from excellent to outstanding." --Journal of America's Military Past" --



""A welcome addition to the scholarship on Bluegrass Confederates." --Journal of Southern History" --



""The real prize is to be found among the lesser lights, men who served on the fringes of war... Bruce Allardice and Lawrence Lee Hewitt have done excellent work in assembling these fascinating biographies." --Blue & Gray Magazine" --



""Twenty-eight professors and historians have written the 39 biographies that make up this definitive text on Confederate generals who were either native Kentuckians or commanded Kentucky brigades." --Kentucky Kaleidoscope" --



""Anyone interested in the military aspects of the war that was fought inside and beyond Kentucky's borders will find this volume informative and even eye-opening." --Park City Daily News" --



""Masterfully rendered, in writing style, originality and breadth of research... these individual essays are first-rate pieces of scholarship and tackle, if only briefly, important subjects that determined the different trajectories that Kentucky and Tennessee followed during the war years." --Bowling Green Daily News," --



"A useful reference for anyone working in Confederate military history, the book is probably most valuable for its coverage of the more obscure generals and of the many "Kentucky Colonels." --A. A. Nofi, strategypage.com" --



""Kentuckians in Gray is not a simple reference work. The mini-biographies of Kentucky generals make it an interesting and informative read at the same time…. This complete list of Kentucky Confederate generals and field officers make the book worthwhile and useful reference work for those studying the men and events from that state." --Christie Salisbury, Atlanta Auto Accidental Lawyers Blog" --



""In many ways, the editors have enhanced the Kentucky portions of Ezra J. Warner's classic Generals in Gray... the editors include several of the more fascinating personal stories of some of the commanders... The list of contributors is impressive and includes recognized scholars such as Nathaniel C. Hughes, William C. Davis, Lowell Harrison, Charles Roland, Brian Willis, and James A. Ramage summarizing the fruits of their previous studies." -- Louisiana History" --

About the Author

Bruce S. Allardice is past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago and the author of More Generals in Gray. Lawrence Lee Hewitt is a former professor of history at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi and Louisianians in the Civil War.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brett R. Schulte on February 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Note: This review compares Kentuckians in Gray and Confederate Colonels.

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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