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Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew Paperback – August 1, 2002
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"A singular and elegant contribution to the art of biography, the history of the war and the civilization of the South." —Southern Partisan
"Carolina Cavalier is a rare treat that belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in Southern and Civil War history." —Blue & Gray
"Carolina Cavalier is biography raised to an art form. It is, unquestionably, the finest book on a Confederate hero to appear in a very long time." —Charleston News & Courier
"Wilson . . . is clearly one of the best of his generation. . . . Thanks to him we now have a clearer image of what the Southern cavalier was like." —M.E. BRADFORD, National Review
"Wilson writes gracefully and well, unfolding, so far as possible, his narrative in a manner that carries its own interpretation. . . . Wilson sheds light on the society and the times: on education and religion, on ideological currents and political battles, on the legal profession and the literary life." —EUGENE D. GENOVESE, Chronicles of Culture
Clyde N. Wilson is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina. He has edited The Papers of John C. Calhoun, vols. 10-19, and Why the South Will Survive (Georgia, 1981).
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Pettigrew's Civil War career was not consonant with his ability, and that was almost certainly a matter of luck. He was active in organizing the defense of Charleston before the Fort Sumter crisis but played no great role in the thing itself. He was wounded and captured at Seven Pines or Fair Oaks Station, the beginning of the Seven Days. Exchanged, he served under D.H. Hill in the abortive action at New Bern and at the affair at Blount's Creek. Clyde Wilson has not written for us the story of a Confederate brigadier, however, but an account of a mind and sensibility that could not be completely expressed in the Civil War.
Johnston Pettigrew grew up as the scion of a distinguished and landed family in North Carolina. He excelled at school and at the university at Chapel Hill. He was soon surveying stars for Matthew Fontaine Maury at the National Observatory. But what was Pettigrew to do as his lifetime calling?Read more ›