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States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General of the Civil War Hardcover – March 21, 2008
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- 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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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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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Live in Vicksburg, Ms. and see States Rights bust almost everyday. The book more likely means more to me than it would to most people. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Don Taylor