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Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander (Civil War America) Paperback – March 2, 1998
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- Jason H. Silverman, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Blue and Gray"
[A]ltogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.
"[A] new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.
"Journal of Southern History""
"Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers.
The publication of "Fighting for the Confederacy" constitutes the most important addition to Confederate historiography in years.
"Civil War History"
ÝA¨ltogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.
ÝA¨ new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.
"Journal of Southern History"
Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers.
[A] new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.
"Journal of Southern History"
Top Customer Reviews
Gary Gallagher, a noted historian, is to be thanked for rescuing these papers from oblivion. Alexander was a well born 25-year old West Point graduate when the war began. His career was quickly advanced because of his mental agility and military astuteness. During the Peninsula campaign, he was in reconnaissance. He was one of the first to use hot-air balloons for surveillance of the enemy. This makes for exciting reading. It was relatively easy to get UP in the balloons of the time, but getting Down was a chancy business! He was transferred to Artillery where he remained throughout the war. It was Alexander who laid the artillery charges at Gettysburg on that fateful afternoon of July 3, 1863.
Alexander's prose is never dry, often humorous, and sometimes luminous. Following is his impression of the burning of Richmond, Monday, April 3, 1865: "-It was after sunrise of a bright morning when from the Manchester high grounds we turned to take our last look at the old city for which we had fought so long & so hard. It was a sad, a terrible & a solemn sight. I don't know that any moment in the whole war impressed me more deeply with all its stern realities than this.Read more ›
Compared to his other work, this book is much more personal and informal. He includes some great detail on what military service was like in Utah Territory and California immediately before the war. Like his other book though, he is neither a romantic about the Confederacy (or apologetic for that matter), nor sparing of his views of commanders North or South. If you have an interest in the Civil War, but not especially details of the campaigns, this is probably the better book by Alexander-praise indeed. However, the military historian would benefit from this book as well as "Military Memoirs". Highly Recommended.
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In my opinion, Fighting for the Confederacy written by Edward Porter Alexander belongs in the personal library of all civil war readers. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bookman Henry
I bought this book after watching one of Gary Gallagher's youtube videos from his Gettysburg Staff Ride series...Professor G. Read morePublished 14 months ago by navyblue77
Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander is a unique book insofar as it represents a narrative account of one of the more... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Ward
A first hand (eye witness) account of the war in Virginia and NW Georgia. A must read for any serious TWBTS history buff.Published 15 months ago by Phillip C.