From Library Journal
After Fort Sumter, 303 West Point Graduates resigned their Army commissions and threw in their lot with the Confederacy. This book recounts their heroic, frustrating, and often poignant efforts to fight a deseprate war with untrained men. Patterson is a veteran writer of popular Civil War history, and his human-interest account is long on anecdote and general readability. Much space is given to the friendships which the West Pointers on both sides maintained across the lines, and the book shows us once again that the Civil War was fought less by institutions than by individuals. It does much to supplement the standard histories. Recommended to general public and YA collections. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
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About the Author
Gerard A. Patterson is the author of "From Blue to Gray: The Life of Confederate General Cadmus M. Wilcox," (0811706826) "Justice or Atrocity: Gen. George E. Pickett and the Kinston, N.C. Hangings," and "Debris of Battle: The Wounded of Gettysburg" (081170498X), and has contributed more than thirty articles to "Civil War Times Illustrated," "American History," and other history publications.