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The cardinal principles on which the art of war is based are few and unchangeable, resembling in this the code of morality; but their application varies at the theater of the war, the genius and temper of the people engaged, and the kind of arms employed… Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor was the son of President Zachary Taylor who served the Confederacy in the field as a general in command of the 9th Louisiana Infantry – the Louisiana Tigers – from Bull Run through the Red River campaign

Richard Taylor, soldier prince of Dixie      T. Michael Parrish  Generals Confederate States of America Biography, Taylor, Richard, 1826-1879  Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 1992 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiv, 553 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.     Includes bibliographical references (p. [503]-537) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG

Using widely scattered and previously unknown primary sources, Parrish’s biography of Confederate general Richard Taylor presents him as one of the Civil War‘s most brilliant generals, eliciting strong performances from his troops in the face of manifold obstacles in three theaters of action.

Son of a president, plantation aristocrat, distinguished soldier, and author of an oft-quoted memoir, Richard Taylor epitomized much of what was the Southern Confederacy. Michael Parrish has not merely assembled a wealth of information on Taylor; in this long-needed biography, Parrish has as well caught the excitement and the achievements of Taylor as no previous writer ever has

Richard Taylor has long been a neglected Confederate hero. In Richard Taylor: Soldier Prince of Dixie, T. Michael Parrish at last gives Taylor his due. This is good biography and fine military history. Especially valuable are the sections on Taylor’s service in the Trans-Mississippi Confederacy and his heroic efforts to sustain the South during the last months of war.

Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat’s “Louisiana Tiger” battalion, which served under Taylor’s command and carried the sterling endorsement of being “the lowest scum of the lower Mississippi…adventurous wharf rats, thieves, and outcasts…and bad characters generally.”


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