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Fighting for the Confederacy : the personal recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander / edited by Gary W. Gallagher.

By: Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910.
Contributor(s): Gallagher, Gary W.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1989Description: xxvii, 664 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0807818488 (alk. paper); 9780807818480 (alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns | Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate | Confederate States of America -- History, Military | American Civil War Army operations by Confederate States of America. ArmyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Fighting for the Confederacy.; Online version:: Fighting for the Confederacy.DDC classification: 973.7/3 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Early days -- First Manassas or Bull Run -- Fall & winter after Bull Run -- Seven days -- Second Manassas campaign -- Sharpsburg campaign -- The fall of 1862 -- The Battle of Fredericksburg -- Winter after Fredericksburg -- Battle of Chancellorsville -- The Gettysburg campaign -- Chickamauga -- Chattanooga & Knoxville -- Spring of 1864 -- Wilderness & Spottsylvania -- North Anna & Drury's Bluff -- Totopotomoy & Cold Harbor -- Passage of James River -- Siege of Petersburg -- Fall of 1864 -- Fall & winter of 1864 & '65 -- Appomattox.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 553-612) and index.

Early days -- First Manassas or Bull Run -- Fall & winter after Bull Run -- Seven days -- Second Manassas campaign -- Sharpsburg campaign -- The fall of 1862 -- The Battle of Fredericksburg -- Winter after Fredericksburg -- Battle of Chancellorsville -- The Gettysburg campaign -- Chickamauga -- Chattanooga & Knoxville -- Spring of 1864 -- Wilderness & Spottsylvania -- North Anna & Drury's Bluff -- Totopotomoy & Cold Harbor -- Passage of James River -- Siege of Petersburg -- Fall of 1864 -- Fall & winter of 1864 & '65 -- Appomattox.

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Library Journal Review

Georgia native and West Point graduate Alexander was involved in nearly all of the significant battles in the Eastern theater of the Civil War and came into frequent contact with the highest command of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet. His perspective on such personalities and on the events unfolding around him is a most valuable one. Alexander's memoirs lay virtually untouched for some eight decades until rescued by Gallagher, who has done a splendid job of editing: unobtrusive; the annotation not merely a rehash of that which can be readily found in other Civil War sources. An excellent index and illustrations and maps from the original manuscript complement the text. Recommended for Civil War and military history collections. History Book Club selection.-- Jason H. Silverman, Winthrop Coll., Rock Hill, S.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Alexander's training at West Point, his service on the staffs of several prominent Confederate generals, and his own experiences, both as an artillery officer and as an engineering officer, qualify him as an expert observer on every major battle in the eastern theater. His story begins in 1848 and continues until his return home in May 1865. This book was written for his family and closest friends, and was never intended for publication; Alexander's public account of the war, Military Memoirs of a Confederate (1962), was written several years later. The differences between the two are noteworthy. In Fighting for the Confederacy, Alexander offers more criticism of his superiors, more personal anecdotes, and fewer facts regarding engagements. He devotes 47 (as opposed to 28) of the text to events that occurred after Gettysburg. The superb illustrations include numerous battlefield maps drawn by Alexander. Unfortunately for the serious reader, Gallagher's editorial notes (59 pages) appear at the end. The detailed index includes five pages on the author. A stimulating, eyewitness account that belongs in every library. -L. L. Hewitt, Southeastern Louisiana University

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