Tag Archive | Confederate

By the blessing of God we maintained our position against every effort until night, when the contest closed. We have to mourn the loss of many brave officers and men… Robert E. Lee, May 5, 1864

If it takes all summer : the battle of Spotsylvania  William D. Matter  Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 1988  Hardcover. x, 455 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Bibliography: p. [419]-435. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG The […]

Nothing was spared by the shells. The churches fared especially severely, and the reverend clergy had narrow escapes. The libraries of the Rev. Dr. Lord, of the Episcopalian, and of Rev. Dr. Rutherford, of the Presbyterian church, were both invaded and badly worsted. One Baptist church had been rendered useless for purposes of worship by the previous shelling. But what mattered churches, or ally – sacred place, or sacred exercise at such a time? There was nothing more striking about the interior of the siege than the breaking down of the ordinary partition between the days of the week, as well as the walls which make safe and sacred domestic life. During those long weeks there was no sound or summon of bell to prayer. There was no song of praise. The mortars had no almanac, and the mortars kept at home a perpetual service of fast and humiliation.

The defense of Vicksburg : a Louisiana chronicle  Allan C. Richard, Jr. & Mary Margaret Higginbotham Richard ; foreword by Terrence J. Winschel  College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 2004  Hardcover. 1st ed.  xxvi, 325 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with […]

As the knight of the quill never ventured into the fight, and only snuffed the battle afar, he knew nothing accurately of battles, but managed to pick up a few real or supposed incidents from the wounded and from stragglers… Daniel H. Hill

Chickamauga and Chattanooga : the battles that doomed the Confederacy  John Bowers  New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c 1994  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 266 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-249) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG […]

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it… Robert E. Lee

Before Antietam : the battle for South Mountain  John Michael Priest ; foreword by Edwin C. Bearss  New York : Oxford University Press, 1996  Softcover. Originally published: Shippensburg, PA : White Mane Pub. Co., c1992. xix, 433 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 405-417) and index. Clean, tight and strong […]

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights… Napoleon Bonaparte

The following illustration epitomizes the propaganda efforts of the union sympathizers during the war. Unfortunately Neely’s book is not much more than an extension of the propaganda although he has been sanctified by anointing by the victor’s press. Even that can not make his book worthwhile. Just as the Southern governors would send their militias […]

when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious

Jefferson Davis’s generals  edited by Gabor S. Boritt  New York : Oxford University Press, 1999  Hardcover. xvii, 217 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-213). Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG Confederate General P.G.T.Beauregard once wrote […]

Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt… Francois de La Rochefoucauld

There is a story about a politician who walked on water on day only to see headlines the next proclaiming that he couldn’t swim. Associating this Scots born Canadian with the Confederacy is a page out of the same genre. There is no doubt that Alexander Keith, Jr. was as bad as any legitimate accusation […]