The last Confederate general : John C. Vaughn and his East Tennessee Cavalry Minneapolis : Zenith Press, 2009 Larry Gordon Generals Confederate States of America Biography, Vaughn, John Crawford, 1824-1875 Military leadership Hardcover. 1st. ed. xii, 260 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-240) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
John Crawford Vaughn was one of the most famous men in Tennessee in the mid-nineteenth century. He was the first man to raise an infantry regiment in the state – and one of the very last Confederate generals to surrender. History has not been kind to Vaughn, who finally emerges from the shadows in this absorbing assessment of his life and military career.
Making use of recent research and new information, Gordon’s biography follows Vaughn to Manassas, Vicksburg and other crucial battles; it shows him as a close friend of Jefferson Davis, and Davis’s escort during the final month of the war. And it considers his importance as one of the few Confederate generals to return to Tennessee after Reconstruction, where he became President of the State Senate.
Gordon examines Vaughn’s location on the field of crucial battles; his multiple wounds; the fact that his wife and family, captured by Union soldiers, were the only family members of a Confederate general incarcerated as hostages during the Civil War; and the effect of this knowledge on his performance as a military commander. The book is as valuable for its view of this little understood figure as it is for the light it casts on the culture of his day.