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States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War Hardcover – March 21, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (March 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589805941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589805941
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent biography of a lesser-known Confederate general. Gist, nicknamed "States Rights" for his father's political beliefs, was one of the few non-West Point graduates to become a general in the Confederate Army. Trained as a lawyer, he gained a political appointment due to family connections and had worked his way up to Adjutant General of the state of South Carolina by the time of secession. Given the rank of brigadier general, he commanded small units in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia until his unit was transferred to the Army of Tennessee. He participated in the Battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Franklin, where he was killed. The book gives us an interesting overview of how an untrained politician becomes an effective military leader. Recommended for specialized collections of Civil War military history and regional history collections. History Book Club selection.
- W. Walter Wick er, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"An excellent biography of a lesser-known Confederate general . . . The book gives an interesting overview of how an untrained politician becomes an effective military leader. Recommended for specialized collections of Civil War military history and regional history collections." --Library Journal

"The great strength of Cisco's book is the author's exemplary story-telling abilities. His clear, evocative explanations of the political and social psychology of the antebellum South are superb. Cisco is a major new talent." --Charleston Post and Courier

"Brilliantly researched and movingly written, Cisco's States Rights Gist is a perfect match for the man, who has deserved a good biography and has one at last." --William C. Davis, History Book Club

"Cisco has uncovered all known information about the man and presented it in both readable and reliable fashion." --Richmond News Leader "Walter Brian Cisco has rescued Gist from the obscurity of mid-level command. His solid, well-researched biography tells the story not only of its subject, but also of all the brave young men of the South who went off to war to fight for their beliefs. The story of Gist's personality, dedication, courage and ability is a moving one that brings home the cost of war." --Orlando Sentinel "In the final analysis, Cisco's States Rights Gist is a well-written book about a little-known Civil War general, making it a valuable literary contribution." --Civil War Regiments

"Walter Brian Cisco has revealed the eloquent, brilliant, and respected young Southerner behind the name." --Southern Partisan


More About the Author

Cisco is the author of five books dealing with Southern history and biography. "States Rights Gist" and "Wade Hampton" were selections of the History Book Club, "Hampton" also won the prestigious Douglas Southall Freeman award. Cisco makes his home in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara And Byron Skinner on July 14, 2008
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My only problem with this book is that at 153 pages of text I feel cheated, I would like to have had more, a lot more. Perhaps Professor Cisco will write a more complete biography of General Gist soon.

States Rights, yes that was his birth name, Gist was an officer in the Confederacy during the Civil War he was a General in the South Carolina Militia and moved over to the regular Confederate Army during the Civil War, he was one of the second or third echelon generals of the war, a group not that much is know about other then a pigion dropings covered memorial in some small town where they born or lived. Gist was a Havard trained lawyer by trade and became an officer in the militia before the war. Through politics, his father was governor for awhile, and good organizational skills he rose very quickly to the rank of general.

When the war started he was reduced in rank to Colonel and commanded a Regiment that was somewhat less then distinguished in the field, but through losses to other officers he was promoted to general and at the time of his death at the battle of Franklin in 1864 he held the rank of Major general.

Professor Walter Cisco who worte this book does a good job of describing the battles of the Tennessee theatre of operations and how Grant defeated the Confederates at Chattanooga and how the Rebels lost the advantage through poor generalship and in itself is reason to read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Robinson on May 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
States Rights Gist is somewhat of a sidenote in Civil War history. As the previous reviewer stated, he is probably most remembered for his name above all else. However, upon reading this book, he could be remembered for a lot more. Gist actually led a very interesting career during the war and his marriage not too long before his death certainly adds some drama to the mix. Cisco's book does the General justice, but often times I felt like there could have been more. Gist was at the Battle of Secessionville, the largest battle fought in South Carolina during the war, but not much details come from the chapter. The Atlanta Campaign is glossed over. Even the battle of Franklin feels anti-climactic. Considering that Gist was one of the highest ranking men in the South Carolina militia, served in many of the wars major battles of the Western Theater, and was considered to have one of the best brigades in the Army of Tennessee you would expect more length and depth in the book. Cisco writes a decent book, but it reads too much like a college term paper when, it seems from Gist's life, it could have been so much more. Still recommended, though, because of such little scholarship on Gist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Colvin on May 18, 2009
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A well researched book that is not politically correct! Facts and details are very good and informative reading. Would reccomend.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By chefdevergue VINE VOICE on May 10, 2004
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If not for his name (yes that was his real name), I rather doubt that States Rights Gist would be remembered today. He was one of the fatalities at the Battle of Franklin, which had more than its fair share of Confederate general officers killed or wounded. It ended a brief military career which had been moderately distinguished if not outstanding.
Why only 3 stars? Simply put, the subject matter is obscure, even for the most devoted Civil War enthusiast, and I cannot really imagine how the man's rather short life merited a book. I only came across the book because it was a History Book Club selection. It is so specialized that only a select few would ever seek it out. The fact that no other reviews have been written on it bears this out. It isn't a bad book, just maybe an unnecessary one.
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