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Richard Taylor, soldier prince of Dixie / T. Michael Parrish.

By: Parrish, T. Michael.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1992Description: xiv, 553 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0807820326 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807820322 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Taylor, Richard, 1826-1879 | Generals -- Confederate States of America -- Biography | Confederate States of America. Army -- Biography | Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | Confederate States of America Army Biography | Generals Confederate States of America Biography | Louisiana History Civil War, 1861-1865 | Taylor, Richard 1826-1879Additional physical formats: Online version:: Richard Taylor, soldier prince of Dixie.DDC classification: 973.7/092 | B LOC classification: E467.1.T24 | P37 1992Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Young Southern prince -- Paternalistic planter -- Aristocrat in political bedlam -- Tamer of Louisiana Tigers -- Jackson's swift sword in the valley -- Spectator on the peninsula -- Defender of Louisiana -- Nemesis of Yankee invaders -- Hero of the Red River Valley -- Outraged subordinate -- Dutiful departmental commander -- Democrateic party insider.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [503]-537) and index.

Young Southern prince -- Paternalistic planter -- Aristocrat in political bedlam -- Tamer of Louisiana Tigers -- Jackson's swift sword in the valley -- Spectator on the peninsula -- Defender of Louisiana -- Nemesis of Yankee invaders -- Hero of the Red River Valley -- Outraged subordinate -- Dutiful departmental commander -- Democrateic party insider.

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Library Journal Review

Confederate General Taylor was the son of one president (Zachary Taylor) and the brother-in-law of another (Confederate Jefferson Davis). In addition to his military career, he was active politically and was a gifted writer. Taylor's most important command was his repulse of the Union's Red River campaign. This book examines all the facets of Taylor's life but is, at heart, a military biography. Because Parrish presents a surprisingly favorable view of Taylor's military ability, a section comparing his opinions with those of other generals would have been very useful. Nevertheless, academic libraries may want to consider this solid though unanalytical biography.-- Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Richard Taylor's surviving papers are few in number and widely dispersed. This largely explains why Parrish's book is the first biography of a colorful and significant Confederate leader and why Parrish uses a "life and times" format. He devotes as much attention to Louisiana plantation life, detailed military history, and politics as he does to Taylor's personal affairs. The author uses a very wide selection of primary and secondary sources to create a convincing account of Taylor's career. He depends heavily on the general's colorful and highly literate memoirs, Destruction and Reconstruction (1879), but does not accept them uncritically. Taylor is presented as a somewhat snobbish and quarrelsome elitist, but also as a cultured, witty man with a natural talent for military leadership and an unflinching dedication to duty. Much of his career was devoted to a painful but mostly sucessful effort to cope with an unfamiliar world of secession politics, Confederate army life, and Reconstruction. The chapters on the often-neglected Louisiana Campaigns and disintegrating Confederate trans-Mississippi department will be of special value to Civil War specialists. General; graduate; faculty. H. B. Raymond; Colby College

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