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Military memoirs of a Confederate by Edward…

Military memoirs of a Confederate (1907)

by Edward Porter Alexander

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Alexander wrote two books: a personal memoir intended for his children, which remained unnoticed until 1989, when it was published to enormous critical acclaim as Fighting for the Confederacy; and this book, Military Memoirs of a Confederate, which was first published in 1907 and immediately recognized as a classic. Unlike Fighting for the Confederacy, which was based largely on Alexander's own recollections, Military Memoirs relies on a vast amount of research. It is undoubtedly the most accurate and most important firsthand general history of the Civil War.
  pakeurobooks | Oct 19, 2016 |
Terrific memoir of a respected middle-ranking officer of the Army of Northern Virginia. Colonel Alexander has produced a good story, relatively balanced, of what he experienced, which was the battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, and Longstreet's excursion to the West for Chickamauga and Knoxville. He does tend to inflate (or maybe not!) Confederate successes. There are times where later scholarship revised his account. Nonetheless, it is a required read for a serious student of the American Civil War. ( )
  RobertP | Mar 21, 2011 |
This is certainly the best study of the Army of Northern Virginia from the viewpoint of a participant. Unlike others, Alexander doesn't hesitate to criticize; nor does he waste time trying to defend himself. I've always especially appreciated his critique of the use (or misuse) of Confederate artillery at Gettysburg. And he was of course in command of this arm during Pickett's Charge. Readers may also be interested in Fighting for the Confederacy, essentially, an unedited -- or minimally edited -- version of Alexander's original manuscript. (I'll add, as a personal aside, one of my favorite ebay finds as a collector of manuscripts and postal history was an internal signature of Alexander's on an envelope to his wife. Unrecognized by the dealer or others during the 7-day auction, I got it for .99!!!!!!!!!!!)
  platodurham | Aug 2, 2008 |
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And, indeed, if a general may ever be justified in enumerating his poultry while the process of incubation is incomplete, this might be an occasion.
Everybody, from the smallest drummer boy up, seemed to be shouting to the full of his capacity.
There was a pause for some moments, and then, calmly, the last words, "Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."
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General Edward Porter Alexander was the master gunner of the Confederacy, and undeniably one of the great American artillerists. He was involved in nearly all of the great battles of the East, from First Manassas through Appomattox; on the second day at Gettysburg, Alexander’s battalion executed one of the greatest artillery charges of the war; Longstreet relied upon him for reconnaissance, and Stonewall Jackson wanted him made an infantry general.

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Includes Civil War Map and Illustrations Pack - 224 battle plans, campaign maps and detailed analyses of actions spanning the entire period of hostilities.

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