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Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates Paperback – November 30, 2007
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LaFantasie's research reveals a Confederate hero whose life was characterized by anger, violence, guilt,inconsistencies, weaknesses, and relentless struggle for success. Oates may well be described as one of those souls who can resist anything but temptation.
The book's bibliography is a compendium of excellent Civil War
sources, the research seems to be as complete as anyone could compile, and the presentation is as clear and easy to follow as the subject matter will allow.
Those who have climbed Little Round Top at Gettysburg, who are fascinated with the battle between the 20th Maine and the 15th Alabama, who want to know more about the post-war conflicts between General Joshua Chamberlain and "Colonel" Oates over the placement of monuments on the battlefield will find "Gettysburg Requiem" required reading.
This past summer the first full-length biography of Oates appeared, more than 400 pages about a man who never actually attained the rank of colonel, a man who was replaced as commander of the 15th Alabama after leading it for nearly two years, a man who fifty years ago did not warrant a footnote in one of the Civil War's standard reference works. So, does he warrant being the subject of a full-blown biography?
You bet. Glenn W. Fantasie has done a terrific job of telling Oates's tale, and of using him as a tool to delve into the greater issues that filled Oates's own life and times. Oates's path through life was one that easily lends itself to the telling of a great story. He began as a hot-tempered brawler who frequented the small towns of pre-war Texas. He ended as a Southern politician who could actually entertain, and fight for, the idea of giving black men the vote.Read more ›
Oates lived a long and eventful life. He was raised in poverty. In his mid-teens, he fled Alabama to avoid prosecution for incidents resulting from what would become his lifelong propensity to violence. For several years, he lived the life of a wanderer in Texas and Louisiana. Oates returned to Alabama, disciplined himself, and became a successful attorney. An ardent Confederate, he raised a company, served with Stonewall Jackson, and with Lee, and participated in many important battles of the Civil War. He was wounded six times and ultimately lost his right arm. After the Civil War, Oates returned to Abbeyville, Alabama where he became wealthy through his law practice and land speculations. He served seven terms in the United States House of Representatives and one term as the Governor of Alabama. Oates was named a Brigadier General in the Spanish-American War, but he never saw combat in that conflict.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To much time is spent judging the man by today's standards and what seems to be a thorough hatred of the South. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Garton
William Oates was certainly a complex man. He was often prone to.violence, but deeply loved his brother John. Read morePublished 16 months ago by AlexPA
A must read for either fans of Gettysburg, the Civil War, Reconstruction or the roots of modern racism in America. Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Percy Dovetonsils
I had this book and someone borrowed it...and moved. Replaced it because it was an old favorite. Wonderful info on Oates.Published on April 23, 2013 by Vonda Watts
The primary value of this book is the general biography of Col. William C. Oates, and further value is hampered by the author's personal judgements and ubiquitous presentism. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by John