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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811720632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811720632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,576,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hrladyship on August 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
In Rebels from West Point, Gerard A. Patterson has compiled information on some of the more intersting figures, as well as careers, in the War Between the States. Some mention has been made in larger works, including the movie Gettysburg, about the relationships between men from both sides of the conflict, but this work covers them all, albeit in small bits sometimes.
In this work, however, the conflict between West Pointers and non-professional officers is more clearly covered. From the beginning, the "newcomers" felt looked down upon by their more rigorously trained compatriots. Here, we find this attitude contributing to one of the least known aspects of the war: the professional competition among officers in both armies, and in all grades. Sometimes these attitudes took precedence over conducting the war in a professional manner.
There is also some coverage of the conflicts that rose up after the war -- and particularly after the death of R.E. Lee -- over who was to blame for losing the war. James Longstreet was particularly vilified over his conduct at Gettysburg and later over his friendship with U.S. Grant and membership in the Republican Party. Such things provided fuel for men who were still trying to promote themselves, sometimes beyond their capabilities.
This book is a nice addition to any collection on the Civil War and would be particularly complementary to the biographies and autobiographies which are available in abundance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2008
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Patterson captures the in-depth details of the Civil War experiences of 306 Confederate officers who had graduated from West Point Academy. In Rebels from West Point, West Point alumni from all over the country, from the quiet Wild West to the bustling and industrious north, gather to defend their home states when they hear of the southern states' secession. Although they were trained at the expense of the northerners' tax money at the northern institution, many deserted the United States Army and joined the Confederate cause. Upon arrival, the skilled elites faced the task in front of them: training disrespectful, lazy and inexperienced clutters of men to go up against the Union army. As expected, adversities sprung up right away in this bold endeavor. The West Point alumni were initially ineffective in controlling their troops. Harshness was one of few ways to round up the drunkards as they organized themselves into respectable threats. Otherwise, the army would lead a stationary and lax life. Throughout this chaos, Patterson introduces the barrage of officers, from the threatening, yet effective, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, to the face of the Confederates, Robert E. Lee, men who represent the only chance of winning against the powerhouse Union. Documenting the intangible challenges in addition to the basic obstacles of war, Patterson reveals internal conflict among the officers, the importance of troop morale, but all while presenting these men as a band of brothers who contribute different aspects to the Confederate effort through personal stories at Shenandoah, Gettysburg, and the final surrender after the deaths of more than 20% of the Confederate West Point graduates.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John A. La Boone III on February 20, 2010
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I heartily recommend this book. I was surpised that it gave no information at all on P.G.T. Beauregard and I wish there had been more on Stonewall Jackson (yet it devotes an entire chapter to John Bell Hood). It is not an exhaustive work on the subject but probably was not intended to be. Overall, I found this book very enjoyable and well worth reading, certainly a must for any Civil War buff. The author did a great job of making these historical figures live and breathe. I came away with more insight into the intriguing complexities of the Civil War and the personalities of the people who fought and suffered through it. I thoroughly respect the amount of good research the author put into this work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Robinson on June 1, 2006
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Any Civil War buff would want to add this book to their collection. Patterson mainly follows the West Point grads who served with Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. In doing so, that kind of makes the title misleading since this only covers less than half of the 306. At any rate, though, the book is valuable in discussing the rifts that grew up between the West Point grads and the non-professinal soldiers. Further, it discusses how pre-war friendships and animosities carried over into the war years. Possibly the most interesting chapter, though, is the final chapter about the fighting amongst each other that occurred, espeically over the Gettysburg Campaign, and how non-professional soldiers actually fared better socially and economically after the war than the West Pointers. Another interesting facet of the final chapter is how some non-professional soldiers blamed the West Pointers for the Confederacy's loss, saying that the professional soldiers were too interested in their image and not the cause. Most Civil War buffs probably won't learn a whole lot of new stuff because of the book being so short, but a fast paced, interesting, well written read just the same.
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