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Lafayette of the South : Prince Camille de Polignac and the American Civil War / Jeff Kinard.

By: Kinard, Jeff, 1954-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Texas A & M University military history series: 70.Publisher: College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2001Edition: 1st ed.Description: xiv, 234 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 1585441031 (alk. paper); 9781585441037 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Polignac, Camille de, b. 1832 | Generals -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Confederate States of America. Army -- Biography | French -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Princes -- France -- Biography | Southwest, Old -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | Red River Expedition, 1864 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- CampaignsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Lafayette of the South.; Online version:: Lafayette of the South.DDC classification: 973.7/13/092 | B Review: "The Confederate career of Prince Camille de Polignac - French aristocrat, professional military man, and soldier of fortune - has gone largely unnoticed because most of his service occurred in the relatively neglected western theater of the American Civil War." "In Lafayette of the South, Jeff Kinard reveals the distinguished but underappreciated life and career of Prince Camille de Polignac. Kinard follows Polignac through his early days, his dramatic years during the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, and the rest of his long, eventful life. Polignac died in 1913, holding the peculiar distinction of being the last Confederate major general and the only foreign national on either side to earn that rank."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-224) and index.

"The Confederate career of Prince Camille de Polignac - French aristocrat, professional military man, and soldier of fortune - has gone largely unnoticed because most of his service occurred in the relatively neglected western theater of the American Civil War." "In Lafayette of the South, Jeff Kinard reveals the distinguished but underappreciated life and career of Prince Camille de Polignac. Kinard follows Polignac through his early days, his dramatic years during the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, and the rest of his long, eventful life. Polignac died in 1913, holding the peculiar distinction of being the last Confederate major general and the only foreign national on either side to earn that rank."--BOOK JACKET.

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Camille de Polignac--a French nobleman, explorer, mathematician, professional soldier, and veteran of the Crimean War, the American Civil War, and the Franco-Prussian War--was a man worthy of more ink than he has received from US historians. Kinard (history, Guilford Technical Community College; The Battle of the Crater, 1995) provides the first full-scale published biography of this remarkable individual in this clearly written and well-researched study. After serving with distinction in the Crimea, Polignac offered his expertise to the Confederacy and served as a staff officer to P.G.T. Beauregard, fighting at Shiloh, Corinth, and Richmond, Kentucky, before being transferred to the trans-Mississippi theater. Polignac led a brigade of Texans through the firestorm at Mansfield (April 1864) during the Red River campaign and won a promotion to major general. Near the end of the war, he ran the blockade to France to influence Napoleon III to aid the dying Confederacy, but he arrived too late. Kinard holds that Polignac's service in the trans-Mississippi theater unfairly relegated him to obscurity, a reasonable conclusion. Four appendixes, endnotes, illustrations, and maps add to the colorful story. All collections. R. G. Lowe University of North Texas

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Jeff Kinard received an M.F.A in art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University. He published numerous articles on military history, as well as The Battle of the Crater ; a Military History Book Club selection.

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