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Lee's Young Artillerist: William R J Pegram (A Nation Divided: Studies in the Civil War Era) Paperback – August 17, 1998
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This is not just another military biography.... This remarkable book will prove impossible to ignore. Based on a large collection of superb family letters and a wide array of other priamry sources, Peter S. Carmichael's portrait of William R. J. Pegram offers a mixture of excellent narrative, revealing anecdotes, and precise accounts of battles and campaigns, all accomplished with the sophistication of the best of the new military history--a growing genre that places fighting soldiers squarely in the midst of their social, intellectual, and political environments.(Journal of American History)
The author's prose has the spirit to pull the reader into the life of a young officer who believed passionately in the justice of his cause. For those of us who live in a time when 'duty' and 'honor' are words without meaning to many, Pegram's example from another day is refreshingly reassuring.(H-Net Book Review)
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Peter S. Carmichael is Assistant Professor of History at Western Carolina University.
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Mr. Carmichael does a fantastic job of revealing how some of the young Confederate officers like Pegram viewed the Civil War. Since most Civil War books focus more on the Generals than the junior officers who actually fought the battles, I felt that this book really brought a new perspective to my understanding of the conflict.
I do not recommend this book for those who do not already possess a good understanding of the Civil War. Instead, I highly recommend this book to anyone who has gained an appreciation for the war, and is looking to find out more about its participants. This book really opened my eyes about "the Southern Cause", and how it meant different things to different people.