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Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander

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Publisher Comments:

Originally published by UNC Press in 1989, Fighting for the Confederacy is one of the richest personal accounts in all of the vast literature on the Civil War. Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East, from First Manassas through Appomattox, and his duties brought him into frequent contact with most of the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and James Longstreet. No other Civil War veteran of his stature matched Alexander's ability to discuss operations in penetrating detail—this is especially true of his description of Gettysburg. His narrative is also remarkable for its utterly candid appraisals of leaders on both sides.

Synopsis:

First published by UNC Press in 1989, Porter Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy is now considered one of the richest personal accounts of the Civil War. Intended for family and intimate friends, it is an insider's candid and evocative assessment of people and events.

Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East and had frequent contact with the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia. A West Point graduate, he also is the author of Military Memoirs of a Confederate (1907), an acclaimed general history of Lee's army.

Synopsis:

[A]ltogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.

New Republic [A] new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.

Journal of Southern History The publication of Fighting for the Confederacy constitutes the most important addition to Confederate historiography in years.

Civil War History Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers.

American Heritage This book is destined to become a classic. It is simply must reading.

Blue and Gray

Synopsis:

Rescued from an archive and published only eight years ago, this private memoir by Confederate General Porter Alexander is now recognized as one of the best books by a participant in the Civil War.

About the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Editor's Note

Chapter 1. Early Days

Chapter 2. First Manassas or Bull Run

Chapter 3. Fall and Winter after Bull Run

Chapter 4. Seven Days

Chapter 5. Second Manassas Campaign

Chapter 6. Sharpsburg Campaign

Chapter 7. The Fall of 1862

Chapter 8. The Battle of Fredericksburg

Chapter 9. Winter after Fredericksburg

Chapter 10. Battle of Chancellorsville

Chapter 11. The Gettysburg Campaign

Chapter 12. Chickamauga

Chapter 13. Chattanooga and Knoxville

Chapter 14. Spring of 1864

Chapter 15. Wilderness and Spottsylvania

Chapter 16. North Anna and Drury's Bluff

Chapter 17. Totopotomoy and Cold Harbor

Chapter 18. Passage of James River

Chapter 19. Siege of Petersburg

Chapter 20. Fall of 1864

Chapter 21. Fall and Winter of 1864 and '65

Chapter 22. Appomattox

Notes

Index

Figures

1. Hogshead and platform

2. Hogs on "sawpit" timbers

3. Projectile with hole through long axis

4. Vicinity of First Manassas battlefield

5. Strategic situation prior to First Manassas

6. First issue Confederate flag

7. Army of Northern Virginia battle flag

8. Confederate flag with cross as union

9. Confederate flag surrounded by stars

10. Lt. Gen James Longstreet late in life

11. Peninsula of Virginia

12. Battlefield at Seven Pines

13. Battlefield at Mechanicsville

14. Battlefield at Gaines's Mill

15. Terrain at White Oak Swamp

16. Strategic situation on the Richmond-Petersburg front, 1862

17. Virginia and Maryland

18. Potomac River near Shepherdstown

19. Battlefield at Sharpsburg

20. Battlefield at Fredericksburg

...

75. General Lee's return to his lines after surrender

76. McLean House, Appomattox Court House

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807847220
Editor:
Gallagher, Gary W.
Author:
Gallagher, Gary W.
Editor:
Gallagher, Gary W.
Author:
Gallagher, Gary W.
Author:
Alexander, Edw
Author:
ard Porter
Author:
Alexander, Edward Porter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Personal narratives, confederate
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Civil War; West Point; South
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
West Point
Subject:
South
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
692
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 34.56 oz

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"Synopsis" by , First published by UNC Press in 1989, Porter Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy is now considered one of the richest personal accounts of the Civil War. Intended for family and intimate friends, it is an insider's candid and evocative assessment of people and events.

Alexander was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East and had frequent contact with the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia. A West Point graduate, he also is the author of Military Memoirs of a Confederate (1907), an acclaimed general history of Lee's army.

"Synopsis" by , [A]ltogether livelier and more irreverent than anything in Grant's and Sherman's books.

New Republic [A] new landmark in Civil War historiography, one that no historian of the period can afford to ignore.

Journal of Southern History The publication of Fighting for the Confederacy constitutes the most important addition to Confederate historiography in years.

Civil War History Alexander's new memoirs are relaxed and engaging, lacking the self-importance that mars the memoirs of a good many soldiers.

American Heritage This book is destined to become a classic. It is simply must reading.

Blue and Gray

"Synopsis" by , Rescued from an archive and published only eight years ago, this private memoir by Confederate General Porter Alexander is now recognized as one of the best books by a participant in the Civil War.
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