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Jefferson Davis, American
by WILLIAM J. COOPER
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (07 November, 2000)
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Editorial Review

The title might seem odd, given that Jefferson Davis (1808-89) served aspresident of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and never once, in the 34years between the end of the war and his death, expressed any remorse for hispart in the conflict that tore America apart. Yet, as historian William J.Cooper Jr. reminds us in his sober, comprehensive biography, Davis "saw himselfas a faithful American ... a true son of the American Revolution and theFounding Fathers." Indeed, Davis's own father had fought in the Revolution, andDavis himself was a West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran. He declaredJanuary 21, 1861, "the saddest day of my life," as he resigned his U.S. Senateseat to follow his native state of Mississippi out of the Union; yet he alsounflinchingly defended secession as a constitutionally guaranteed right.Cooper's measured portrait neither glosses over Davis's lifelong belief thatblacks were inferior nor vilifies him for it: "My goal," he writes, "is tounderstand Jefferson Davis as a man of his time, not condemn him for not being aman of my time." The chapters on the Civil War show Davis intimately involved inmilitary decisions, as well as in diplomatic attempts to gain foreign supportfor the Confederacy. Cooper acknowledges the irony of his subject--whointerpreted the Constitution as strictly limiting federal authority--beingforced by the war's exigencies to create a powerful, centralized Confederategovernment. Yet, this depiction of a forceful, self-confident Davis makes itclear that he never could have been anything but "a vigorous and potent chiefexecutive." The author also paints an attractive picture of a warm family manwho was devoted to his strong-minded wife and their children. Neitherhagiography nor hatchet job, this evenhanded work sees Jefferson Davis whole.--Wendy Smith ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Title is incorrect
The title of this work should not have been "Jefferson Davis-American" because he became famous for all of his Un-American activities.When the south formed the confederacy, they created a new country that was separate from the United States of America.As the country called the "Confederate States of America", they were a foreign country much the same as China or Russia.They attacked the United states of America and were not entitiled to be called Americans until they were repatriated at war's end.

Davis claimed to be fighting for freedom but at the very moment he was making the claim for freedom, he had human beings chained up out in his back yard. Duh! On top of that when the war began to go badly for him, he vainly tried to enlist African American citizens to fight for the confederate cause.Apparently there were no takers and I don't know why.Another material fact about the man is that when Richmond fell, he RAN!He was eventually captured by union soldiers but he was beating feet down the street trying to get the hell out of Dodge instead of staying in Richmond to fight to the death as he so often proclaimed.

Bottom line:He was not an American in the true sense of the word and he was a coward by running to evade capture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Bio - READ IT!
William J. Cooper has taken one of the most confused and often misjudged figures in American history and written a very detailed and entertaining portrayal of the first and only President of the Confederate States. Many people would be surprised to find out that in the antebellum south, Jefferson Davis was a staunch Unionist and adamantly opposed secession until he had no other choice and was literally thrown into the presidency of the Confederate States of America, whether he liked it or not.

Cooper is careful not to glorify or demean Davis in any way. The Confederate president definitely had his flaws, the most prominent of which was his undying support of slavery.
Between all the positives and negatives, Jefferson Davis was a man of his time. If you are a civil war buff or just someone who wants to read a very well written piece of work on American history, Jefferson Davis, American is highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good read, but some analysis missing
Jefferson Davis is a good book, and the writing and research generally well-done.The author searched through original sources sometimes contradicting established views.Though the book is over 800 pages, it reads easily from Davis's West Point days through the war. Cooper's analysis of how Virginia became a slave state and how war developed are particularly interesting and insightful.But something is missing, the insightful at least balanced analysis we expect from a classic.

Davis advocated slavery, and his legacy was spent trying to preserve it, at the cost of thousands of lives and untold destruction.Yet this central issue seems to get glossed over with Cooper seemingly unwilling to condemn this atrocity.Instead we get this picture of Davis as this kindly old gentlemen, with slaves well-cared for and working alongside him or his father. While Davis's supposed caring for slaves is repeated, none of them stuck with him durign the tough times of the civil war, and presumably they would see his "generosity" differently.

Cooper fails to look at it some obvious contradictions in Davis.President Davis had no problem with slaves being chained and travelling months across the ocean, and then periodically chained or beaten.Yet when after the war Davis was jailed and restrained for a few weeks he went absolutely ballistic.Let, me out, let me, LET ME OUT! I'm chained, I can't live like this, the ex-president exclaimed. While taking a black man away from his family was part of life, Jefferson had extreme difficult coping with estrangement from his family.
Noting the difference between what Davis tolerated for others and for himself would have been useful.

At varoius times, Davis's happy family life, activity in the community, and pleasantries are noted. But can we ignore the other part.Take this example.Him... was a loving husband, active in the church, a good friend, and a caring family member.He will be remembered for his devotion to his countries, the long hours he spent trying to make it better, his organization skills, and the lists he kept.His name was Heinrich Himmler, and as chief of the Gestapo, he helped imprison over 1,000,000 Jews, gypsies, partisans and others, sending them to painful humiliating deaths, with 8 and 9 year old children among his victims. Would an analysis of Himmler be as fair if we discussed his life but said he had a "minor" gap.

I hope that in a future version, the author can take a good book, well-researched, written nicely, and make it into a great one, at least a fair and balanced one. Davis was an American in the same sense that many of our persidents were slaveowners and like today some of our guards brutalized those from other countries.Davis's legacy is not a pleasant one, and his tremendous moral failing is the centerpience oof his legacy, not a brief point to be noted in a preface. ... Read more

Isbn: 0394569164
Subjects:  1. 1808-1889    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Confederate States of America    6. Davis, Jefferson,    7. Historical - General    8. Historical - U.S.    9. History: American    10. Presidents    11. Presidents & Heads of State    12. Statesmen    13. U.S. History - Civil War And Reconstruction (1860-1877)    14. U.S. Local History - Southern States    15. United States    16. United States - Civil War    17. Biography & Autobiography / Historical    18. Davis, Jefferson   


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Stonewall Jackson : The Man, the Soldier, the Legend
by James Robertson
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 January, 1999)
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A distinguished Civil War historian unravels the complex character of the Confederacy's greatest general. Drawing on previously untapped manuscript sources, the author refutes such long-standing myths as Stonewall Jackson's obsessive eating of lemons and gives a three-dimensional account of the profound religious faith frequently caricatured as grim Calvinism. Though the author capably covers the battles that made Jackson a legend--Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, etc.--he emphasizes "the life story of an extraordinary man." The result is a biography that will fascinate even those allergic to military history. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A FABULOUS, INSPIRING CIVIL WAR BIOGRAPHY!
I am not usually all that interested in the American Civil War, but found this book compelling, insightful, and endlessly interesting.The author shows us the man behind the many myths.Jackson was at heart a devout Christian and a good man who wanted to do the right thing, although like any other mortal he made mistakes along the way.Jackson's life is treated with the utmost dignity, respect, and praise that it so deserves.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent bio, but somewhat flawed
Robertson's intense, personal devotion to his subject is evident in this otherwise excellent bio of General Jackson, although the general's flaws are somewhat glossed over, particularly his unjust treatment of General Richard Brooke Garnett at Kernstown and the often-buried fact that Jackson had an illegitimate daughter. Still, an excellent account of the life and times of a Southern hero whose career ended tragically and much too soon.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fine Work
This is a wonderful biography of "Mighty Stonewall". General Jackson was an admirable man for his discipline and hard work and a person can certainly learn a good deal from his example, but I would not want to spend much time with him. He could be very harsh. He was kind and caring with his family and a true 110% soldier. A person wonders just what his life would have been like had he survived the war. ... Read more

Isbn: 0028650646
Subjects:  1. 1824-1863    2. Biography    3. Biography / Autobiography    4. Confederate States of America    5. Generals    6. Historical - U.S.    7. History    8. History: American    9. Jackson, Stonewall,    10. United States - Civil War   


The Jewish Confederates (NS)
by Robert N. Rosen
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 October, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Jewish Confederates
The world is full of people who just don't get it, thanks to the ultra-leftist American media.They consider South "the land of bigotry" and portray the War Between the States, as some sort of referendum on slavery and bigotry.In their minds, the thought a Jew in a Confederate uniform is an oxymoron.

Of course, the historical record is as clear as a bell-the so-called "Civil War" was a result of high tariffs and the average Southerner's fear of a new political party that sought even more "tax and spend" polices.

During the antebellum times, Jews were an integral part of the South.A substantial amount of their contribution to the region is still part of the Southern landscape.

When a Jewish friend of mine from the north side of Chicago recently had an opportunity to travel in the South, he was amazed to learn that the South was not the land of anti-Semitism, as the media-dominated northern urban culture had led him to believe.He was also surprised to discover how much evidence of early Jewish influence in the South still remains.

Of course, I recommended that he read The Jewish Confederates to help him put it all into perspective.It really shows that many Jewish men and women were proud citizens of the Confederacy.

Some of the details presented make it clear that many of these brave soldiers of the Confederacy were very serious about their faith and culture.A portion of the book that detail the way the Jewish soldiers were allowed the opportunity to celebrate their holidays was especially enlightening.

It took a lot of courage on the part of Robert N. Rosen to write such a book.In a day and age when many people arrogantly display their ignorance by equating the Confederate flag with racism, Rosen should be considered national hero for having the guts to bring the world the truth.

If it were up to me, Rosen's The Jewish Confederates would be required reading for any program on "multiculturalism."It would also be required reading for every liberal history professor who teaches the era of the War Between the States.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seven Score and Three Years Ago
First, I commend Robert Rosen for his dedication to this subject and for publishing this work.I am sure that it ought to be as controversial as recent books (and film) showing dedication of Blacks to the Southern Cause for Independence.I recall as a child watching the march on Montgomery, the seat of the first Confederate Capitol, before it was moved to Richmond.And had it remained in Montgomery, what then?

Mr. Rosen, an attorney, is clear with his research.Anyone who might wonder why Jews would fight for the Confederacy, or Blacks for that matter, will find this fascinating.Jews from South Carolina, from Louisiana, many of German or Spanish (Sephardic) heritage, were there.I hope that more books, and personal accounts, will follow, from groups whose support for the rights of the States to determine their destinies will be forthcoming.We must learn from history.

Anyone who would hope to understand what it means to be an American should have this book on the shelf, and read it.To paraphrase Shelby Foote, before this war, the United States could only be conceived of as a plurality, after, a singularity.Yet today, we are no doubt in danger of falling into an abyss of pluralism that threatens any kind of national identity.Yet Irishmen fought one another--at Fredericksburg, and elsewhere--as did Jews, and Blacks, and Hispanics--across stone walls at point-blank range, leaving a legacy of maiming of soul and flesh.We have only to look back 3 score years to the bloodbath of Europe to see we are not yet free.

Jews fought for home and hearth, "Pro Aris et Pro Focis"--a common Latin phrase embroidered on flags North and South.In the American South, many Jews found that was worth fighting for against an invasion from afar.That experience unites them with us, today.

Most highly recommended for scholarship and readability!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's About Time
Wonderful!I'm a Southern Jewish man who's very proud of his heritage, and I used this book when I was doing research for a paper I presented in October.First, the word needs to be spread that there was a Jewish Confederacy.(When I presented, my audience seemed amazed about this.And I might add that the paper was well-received.)Second, overall, Southern Jews were not that much different from other Rebels.No, they weren't all rich boys who could buy their way out of fighting.Third, it's too bad that certain Southern Jews have been omitted in U.S. history classes.I can't remember reading aboutor hearing about Judah Benjamin in high school or in college.This is a fascinating work for both Jews and non-Jews, and it's a beautiful book as well. ... Read more

Isbn: 1570033633
Sales Rank: 301451
Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Biography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Confederate States of America    5. History    6. History - General History    7. Jewish - General    8. Jewish soldiers    9. Jews    10. Southern States    11. United States    12. United States - Civil War   


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Rebel Private: Front and Rear : Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier
by W. A. Fletcher, William A. Fletcher
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 March, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars THIS ONE NEEDS TO BE IN YOUR COLLECTION
Excellent, first had observations made by a common private in during the Civil War.The author IS NOT a professional writer.This makes it all the more valuable.The author is not writing the book to entertain, or to pass along old, gory war stories.This is a story by a simple man trying to tell us his point of view, simple as that.This account is quite valuable to anyone interested in the study of this horrible conflict.Recommend it's reading and recommend you add it to your collection.I do wish there had been more like this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rebel Private
This is a good, first hand account of the life of a Confederate soldier. Fletcher writes of only what he seen during the war. The only judgement he cast is upon his leaders actions at Gettysburg. This book will definitely change your perspective on the life of a common soldier.

5-0 out of 5 stars Confederate soldier life! FIRSTHAND!
William Fletcher isn't different from other soldiers be it outstanding or horrible, but he is the average Confederate soldier from Texas involved in many conflicts. When it comes to soldiering, he is brave and daring but not afraid to admit being scared as he is very honest in his chosen words. The best part of this book isn't the fighting as much as it is the daily life. For the person looking to gain further knowledge, Fletcher writes about his experiences firsthand. Coming up from Texas Fletcher is involved in the Seven Days Battle, 2nd Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Chickamauga campaigns. It was interesting to read about fighting in the 5th Texas, Company F and the thoughts that ran through Fletcher's mind at Gettysburg. The uncertainty, the horrors and the patriotism all wrapped into one was very rewarding to read about. His escape from Union hands was inspiring as he did what he could do to get back to Texas. This book is a must have for those seeking further knowledge and input from a soldier account. 5 STARS!! ... Read more

Isbn: 0452011574
Sales Rank: 325096
Subjects:  1. (William Andrew),    2. Biography    3. Biography & Autobiography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Civil War, 1861-1865    7. Fletcher, W. A.    8. Historical - U.S.    9. History    10. Military    11. Personal narratives, Confederate    12. Soldiers    13. Texas    14. United States    15. United States - Civil War    16. b. 1839   


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Jeb Stuart : The Last Cavalier
by BURKE DAVIS
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 February, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Davis' bio of General Stuart is still the best!
Burke Davis gives readers often-overlooked insights into the early life and career of the famous cavalier, including his courtship of his wife (whose father was a Union general) and his motivation to fight for Virginia. The Stuart-Cooke family is an excellent example of the bitter division of loved ones during the War, with Stuart and his brother-in-law choosing to fight for the Confederacy while his father-in-law continued to serve the Union. A fascinating account of the war as well as a great bio and a must-read for serious historians

1-0 out of 5 stars `How not to write a biography
One of the most tedious and enervating reading is a book in which practically every second page is loaded with citations from letters written to, by or about the person who is the subject of the book. Frankly speaking, if I can return the book and get some refund, I would do it gladly. This is not a reaserch but a correspondant's report. In short- minus one star!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nicely anecdotal, but not very deep
The book starts out very well, establishing basic background and geographical history in a very easy to read anecdotal style. The remainder of the book essentially details General Stuart's exploits on and off the battlefield.

You certainly get the impression that he was a dashing figure, but unfortunatley the author does not delve deeper into the man as much as I would have preferred. You get a sense for him as a Confederate soldier who cared very much about his duty, but not why he cared so much.

I gave it four stars because it is a good read, and for the perspectives provided of many of the eastern battles and the cavalry's part in them. ... Read more

Isbn: 0517185970
Sales Rank: 440575
Subjects:  1. 1833-1864    2. Army    3. Biography    4. Biography/Autobiography    5. Confederate States of America    6. Generals    7. Historical - U.S.    8. Military    9. Sale Adult - Biography / Autobiography    10. Stuart, Jeb,    11. United States - Civil War    12. United States.    13. History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)    14. Stuart, Jeb   


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CO AYTCH
by Sam R. Watkins, Roy Basler
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Mass Market Paperback (12 August, 1997)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sam Watkins
This is the best book I have ever read.
An absolutely amazing account of a
Civil war survivor. You will miss
Mr. Watkins when the book ends.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
Written twenty years after the war, Private Watkins gives his account of serving with Company H, First Tennessee Regiment. Of the 120 original men in the unit, Watkins was only one of seven left at the end. If you enjoy reading about the civil war, you'll certainly enjoy this well written account of the life of a common Southern soldier.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS
I first read COMPANY AYTCH back in the late 1980's and thoroughly enjoyed it. I often re-read certain books many years later to see if my attitude towards it has changed. In this, Watkins is STILL an EXCELLENT read. For students of the Civil War, COMPANY AYTCH is among the best first hand accounts. (Alongside Billings' HARDTACK AND COFFEE) Watkins was educated, observant and witty. (Some might say he was a bit of a romantic as well) Watkins covers both glory and gory with equal coverage. Especially telling is how the war affected the civilian populations, with the food shortages, etc. Southerners have all too long been thought of as illiterate, depraved hillbillies ala TOBACCO ROAD. Sam Watkins shows a different view. ... Read more

Isbn: 0684833247
Sales Rank: 314406
Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Biography / Autobiography    3. Historical - U.S.    4. History: American    5. Military    6. Soldiers    7. Tennessee    8. United States - Civil War    9. History / General   


The Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. N. B. Forrest and of Forrest's Cavalry,: With Portraits, Maps, and Illustrations
by Thomson Jordan, J. P. Pryor, Thomas Jordan
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 October, 1996)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good read but a little long
This book delivers more details on the battles than what was available in Jack Hurst's book.It has little about Forrest's personal life (none after the war as it was written in 1866).At close to 700 pages it gets a little too detailed in places but is overall a very good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC read!
I have read many different books written by people that lived in the era of the War Between the States, and this one has to be one of the best that I have read on one of the most audacious leaders that came out of the war on either side.I THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading this book.There were plenty of maps, and since the book was written under the watchful care of Nathan himself from his notes during the war, I believe it is one of the most complete works of this nature.I highly recommend the book to anyone.It is not just another boring read!

4-0 out of 5 stars detailed account
A meticulous and detailed account of the military operations that Gen. Forrest was involved in, showing the skill he had in combat, and the man that he was.Also provides short insights into many of the men that servedunder him.At times, I wished there were more (and more detailed) maps, sothat I could follow the movements of Forrest's Cavalry and their enemy moreprecisely.Provides fair treatment of analysis of both sides of the war,as well as some feelings and evidence that dispute some of the myth andlegend surrounding Gen. Forrest.I would suggest re-reading theintroduction after you finish reading the book, as it works as a goodpost-commentary.This book is excactly what I was looking for to learnabout cavalry operations during the Civil War. ... Read more

Isbn: 030680719X
Sales Rank: 451718
Subjects:  1. 1821-1877    2. Army    3. Biography    4. Cavalry    5. Confederate States of America    6. Confederate States of America.    7. Forrest, Nathan Bedford,    8. Generals    9. History - Military / War    10. Military - General    11. Politics/International Relations    12. United States - Civil War    13. Forrest, Nathan Bedford   


The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (Rise & Fall of the Confederate Government)
by Jefferson Davis
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent history & treatise
This is a work that any one should read concerninig the details of the life and death of the Confederate nation.The principled beliefs those who founded the other American nation are presented.

Jefferson Davis' work is thorough and detailed concerning the his belief in the constitutional basis that secession was legal and that the desire to peacefully seperate was the absolute goal of the southern states. Bear in mind the 4 states of the upper South (AR, NC, TN and VA) did not leave the Union until Lincoln called for forced cohersion of the other southern states.

His work is also quite detailed in the military aspects of the War Between the States and his personal eyewitness of events are well written and easy to read and grasp. A great read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Economical and easily available reprint of a classic
This is probably the most accessible reprint of Davis' book on the market today. It's well indexed and available at an economical price. My only complaint is that they got James McPherson, a confederacy-hating Marxist, to write the intro.

5-0 out of 5 stars Constitutional Justification for Secession
In this extremely well-written book, not only does President Jefferson Davis give critical insights on the events leading up to and including the War for Southern Independence (rare and very important in and of itself, given that he was the president of the Confederacy), but he also shows that he was a Constitutional scholar unparalleled by today's crop of so-called "experts".

President Davis was a reluctant secessionist. In fact, he had been working on trying to come to a compromise until his state seceded, and he returned home. This book does a great deal to show the character of the former president of the Confederacy, with his perceptions of events leading up to the war itself. For instance, he did not envision himself to be the president of the Confederacy, believing that position should instead go to Albert Johnston. Instead, he had thought he would receive a commission as general.

While there is plenty of information for virtually anyone interested in that period (there is detailed information about battles, insights by the president on figures living at the time, etc.), what truly makes the book such a fascinating read is the constitutional analysis (particularly regarding the secession question, but also going into the grievances by the Confederate states as well) found therein.

If there is a negative to this book, it is the poorly-written introduction by leftist and Lincoln apologist McPhearson. I don't know why he was chosen to write the forward, but it is best ignored.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a magnum opus in Southern literature. ... Read more

Isbn: 0306804182
Sales Rank: 184059
Subjects:  1. 1808-1889    2. Confederate States of America    3. Davis, Jefferson,    4. History    5. History - General History    6. History: American    7. Politics and government    8. United States - Civil War    9. Davis, Jefferson   


Confederate States Paper Money (Confederate States Paper Money)
by Arlie R. Slabaugh
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Isbn: 0873492684
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Black Southerners in Gray: Essays on Afro-Americans in Confederate Armies
by Arthur W., Jr Bergeron, Thomas Cartwright, Ervin L., Jr Jordan, Richard Rollins, Rudolph Young, Arthur W. Bergeron
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 May, 1997)
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3-0 out of 5 stars Yes, they do exist!
Nothing is so upsetting to a liberal as the idea that Blacks willingly supported the Confederacy.It assails their preconceived notions about slavery and their assumptions about how Blacks should think and act.They simply cannot accept the idea that some slaves and many freemen willingly supported the CSA and many served in its' armies.The fallback position is that they were not soldiers as they lacked weapons being only cooks, teamsters or body servants.The same group will accord soldier status to a man who drove the Red Ball in WWII but not a teamster driving a wagon for the AoNV.

This book takes a very close look at Black Confederates, proves that they do exist, and shows how much information was never recorded.The sad part of their story is that it is untold.This is a vital book for anyone interested in the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very educational
Currently the Political Correctness crowd has tried to place a "moral spin" on the Civil War, wanting us to believe, the purpose of the War was to "Free the slaves".

It should not seem hard to believe that Black people, ( Free and slaves), would fight to defend their homes, the same as the Southern white people, Jewish people, Southern American Indians that joined the Confederacy, the Mexicans, the Southern Irish.The Civil War was truly a war between two countries. Not a War for the purpose of "freeing slaves".

From the book, "In May 1861, Governor Thomas O. Moore of Louisiana issued a proclamation providing for the enrollment of free blacks in an all-black regiment with some black officers.By early 1862, nearly 3000 men had joined this regiment and other nearby units around New Orleans.Their officers were skilled tradesmen, craftsmen, and even a few slave owners.There were several sets of fathers and sons and sets of brothers in this regiment, and "all the males in the large Duphart family were members" pages 22-23).Black officers included:

Captain Noel Bachus, 40, a carpenter and landowner;

Captain Michael Duphart, a 62-year old wealthy shoemaker, and

Lt. Andre Cailloux, a cigar maker and boxer.

The 1st Louisiana Native Guards was a 1307 man regiment with some black officers.It included many of the leading individuals in the New Orleans black community.Like most Southern militia regiments early in the war, they provided their own arms, and uniforms.They spent the greater part of their Confederate service as Provost Guards, although there is some indication that part of the regiment saw action at Fort Jackson during the New Orleans campaign (Official Records of the War, I, 6, 858).

Black Louisianans played a significant part in Louisiana's military history ever since the beginning of settlement.They fought for, and against, the French, the Spanish, the English, as well as with Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.By late 1861, about 3000 black Louisianans were enrolled in state troops and militia organizations, in the state, in service to the Confederate cause (Pages 22; 167-168)

This book covers a topic that should be read by every Civil War buff, historian and African-American. It is truly an interesting book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth reading for it's view you rarely read about
History is made up of the stories surrounding events and this book adds another story worth reading.
Many people still believe the Civil War was about slavery, not state rights.Many people also do not realize that right before slavery was officially banned by the U.S. governement, there were over 400 blacks that worked as slaves to help build the capital building.Blacks had been selling their own people (and whites) into slavery long before the U.S. got involved in the trade.True, it was a serious mistake that has repercusions that are still being felt in this country.
It is interesting to note, however, that considering how bad the pre-Civil War South is made to sound, the American Africans in this country have long enjoyed better standards of living and health than in any other country, especially their countries of origin.This book points out that many blacks were in favor of preserving the Southern government.Not only that, it points out that even after receiving freedom, many chose to go back and work for their old masters pretty much as before.There were many blacks loved and adored by their families and this is one unfortunate piece of Civil War history often overlooked.It seems the concepts that founded this country are gradually being lost.Now more than ever, the issue of states rights needs to be re-visited to protect the sovereignty, strength and long-term well-being of the U.S.Or we will pass from United STATES to something akin to the United KING-DOM. ... Read more

Isbn: 0963899392
Sales Rank: 531005
Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. Civil War, 1861-1865    3. Confederate States of America    4. Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: American    8. Military - General    9. Participation, African America    10. Participation, African American    11. United States    12. United States - Civil War   


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MOSBY'S RANGERS
by Jeffry D. Wert
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (15 September, 1991)
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Confederate cavalry leader John Mosby is among the most romantic characters in the Civil War, and with good reason. From 1863 to the end of the conflict, Mosby's raiders were a constant headache for the North. Although more than 1,000 men served under Mosby, they usually acted in small detachments of several dozen, sacking supply depots, attacking railroads, and harassing federal troops. They seemed to move behind enemy lines almost at will, and in what is perhaps their most celebrated exploit, a handful of them led by Mosby himself rode into Fairfax Station, Virginia, in the dead of the night and kidnapped a Union general. When they were not on missions, Mosby's riders simply melted into the countryside, finding safe haven in the homes of sympathetic civilians.Theirs was a guerilla war. The frustrated North eventually assigned a special contingent of cavalry to combat them, and a price was ultimately put on Mosby's head. Nobody reined him in, however, and his command enjoyed the proud distinction of never having formally surrendered to the bluecoats. Shortly after Appomattox, Mosby simply disbanded his unit. This is another fine book from the prolific Civil War historian Jeffry D. Wert, who hardly could have picked a more intriguing subject. --John J. Miller ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Colorless.
This is not a biography of John Singleton Mosby but rather an analysis of the men under his command. The writer does a fair job outlining Mosby's operations in Northern Virginia, primarily Loudoun, Fairfax and Fauquier counties, so from that point of view it appears well researched. But Wert's prose is flat and somewhat boring. As a result, this is a very difficult book to get into. Better maps might have helped.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Effort
I love books about Mosby especially since I grew up in Prince William County Virginia, this is and was an area that in the civil war was known as Mosby's Confederacy because of the help the commander of the guerrilla unit had from the locals and the fact that one ths one unit almost single-handedly kept this part of Virginia in Confederate hands throughout the war.

Two points

One-More accurately it is a story about the UNIT with an emphasize on Mosby and while there are some elements that could be considered part of a biography on John Mosby that's not the whole purpose of this book.So if you are looking for a biography there are probably better books you could pick.

Two-While I loved the book I can certainly see where some others may have a problem, it suffers from a big problem in some historical accounts of all times, namely it is dry and at times it rambles.That's fine by me I like blow-by-blow accounts of operations and battles but someone who is looking for something different might want to try something else.

Overall-This book is sort of a like it or hate it book.I happen to like it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another good effort from Wert
This is a nicely written story of a very interesting part of the war between the states, the partisan fighters commanded by John Mosby.Anyone who has read Wert's book on Longstreet should enjoy this one. ... Read more

Isbn: 0671747452
Subjects:  1. Army.    2. Civil War, 1861-1865    3. Confederate States of America.    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Military - General    8. Regimental histories    9. United States    10. United States - Civil War    11. Virginia    12. Virginia Cavalry Battalion, Forty-third    13. History / General   


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All Afire to Fight: The Untold Tale of the Civil War's Ninth Texas Cavalry
by Martha L. Crabb
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 January, 2000)
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Ninth Texas Cavalry
There's nothing I appreciate more is a historical work where the author has consulted numerous often obscure primary sources in order to construct a never before written history.All Afire to Fight is one such work, and I have to say I have really enjoyed reading this book and learning about the Ninth Texas Cavalry--not to mention the military activities in the theater of the war where they were active, about which I am not that familiar at the moment.I found the narrative to be excellently written for the most part, although there were a few awkward spots.The one real detracting aspect of the book was the lack of a roster.In my opinion, no regimental history should be without one (the more detailed the better!) provided the information is extant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Texans
I am a "California Yankee" whose favorite view of Texas has usually been through the rear view mirror - I should not have liked this book. But as a retired military officer, I was enthralled by Martha Crabb's graphictelling of men at war. Her obviously well documented and researched storiesabout the brutal fighting conditions, starvation, and primitive medicalcare gave me a real respect for the combatants of the civil war era andjust how much some parts of warfare have changed for the better. And herdescription of broken government promises, bureaucratic obstacles, and theoccasional incompetent leader, showed how much has remained the same. Thisbook would make a great movie

5-0 out of 5 stars All Afire To Fight, The Untold Tale of the Civil War's Ninth
Any Texan interested in the state's role during the Civil War, and certainly any Civil War enthusiast will find much to enjoy in Ms. Crabb's detailed account of this little-known aspect of that bloody conflict.Shedoesn't shy aware from reporting just how terrible a conflict it was, butshe humanizes it by following, mile by agonizing mile, the Ninth Texas fromits formation, through each of its battles and conflicts, until she bringsthe survivors home.Her book is meticulously annotated and documented,leaving little doubt as to her sources and her extensive research. Evenlong-time Civil War buffs are guaranteed many new insights into this unit. Particularly interesting are the reports of daily life of the ordinary boysand young men who made up the Ninth Texas Cavalry, the ordeals they facedjust to survive, and the extraordinary courage they showed as they battledUnion troops, fatigue, ravenous hunger, and homesickness. Because of thedistance back to Texas, most never returned until the conflict ended;hundreds of others were buried throughout the South. Through her book,Martha Crabb once again brings alive the terrible toll exacted by thisCivil War, describing battles and wounds until the reader can hear echos ofthe cannon and the screams of the wounded. It's not a pretty picture shedescribes, but it's once which every American should face once again. ... Read more

Isbn: 038097794X
Sales Rank: 826347
Subjects:  1. Army.    2. Civil War, 1861-1865    3. Confederate States of America.    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Military - General    8. Military History - U.S. Civil War    9. Regimental histories    10. Texas    11. Texas - Local History    12. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 9th    13. United States    14. United States - Civil War    15. United States - General   


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The Flags of the Confederacy: An Illustrated History
by Devereaux D. Cannon, Pelican Pub Co
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 October, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive work on Confederate flags.
Mr. Cannon has produced an excellent compilation of the flags used by the South during the US Civil War.I highly recommend it as a history and geography teacher.As an author myself I appreciate the style of presentation he uses in this book.I also recommend his companion book, "Flags of the Union".

5-0 out of 5 stars Authoritative reference on flags of the Confederacy.
Devereaux D. Cannon is an expert on vexillology (the study of flags).This book offers a history, profiles, design specs and an overview of the various flags (national flags, battle flags and naval ensigns) that were utilized by the Confederacy.The book features several pages with glossy photos of the various flags of the Confederacy.It features even the little known flags.Cannon's book has inspired flag maker's to revive the old flags in addition to the 3 national flags, the battle flag and the naval ensign.This book is must have for flag gurus, Civil War buffs and southern partisans.

5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift for a Civil War Historian
I own both this book and the matching one of the Union.Both of these books belong in any Civil War hhistorians collection.Not only is this a good book for those who have found a new interset in the Civil War, but awell informed historian will ejoy this book too.The photos of thearmaments, uniforms and flags will complete any book collection on theCivil War.This and the matching Union books are must buys. ... Read more

Isbn: 156554109X
Sales Rank: 224312
Subjects:  1. Civil War, 1861-1865    2. Confederate States of America    3. Flags    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. Humor    7. Military - General    8. Reference    9. United States    10. United States - Civil War   


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Berry Benson's Civil War Book: Memoirs of a Confederate Scout and Sharpshooter
by Susan Williams Benson
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover (01 January, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A soldier's story
From the point of view of the enlisted man, this is a really good book. It held my interest well. Let's face it, the enlisted man's perspective of the War Between the States, or any war for that matter, is going to be very narrow. The rank and file do not have the luxury of having access to the grand strategy of general officers. All they can relate is what went on in front of them. Otherwise it wouldn't be their story. This book is about what one common soldier saw, experienced, and felt. And it let me see a refreshing point of view.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting escapes from Union hands!
Not many books seem to cover a scout's exploits during the Civil War in the form of a personal memoir.Berry Benson's account seems to be a diary mixed with recollection and struggle.Benson's writing is vague at times and a bit hard to follow.He seems to jump from event or time frame without much flow or detail. His involvement at Sharpsburg, Chancelorsville and Petersburg is disappointing when it comes to detail and the action.Had an author placed this book together to build the time frame up and then switch to Benson's accounts would have made this book easier to follow or had Benson been more descriptive in his story it would have completed this book.

What made this book interesting was his escapes from two Union prisons and his personal struggle to survive and get back to Virginia.His descriptions of his escapes and his run for freedom was very interesting and made this book come to life.

The title itself which mentions sharpshooter fails to live up to it's name as very little is written about his involvement as one and again the detail is missing. Had the title mentioned escaping twice from Union hands, it would have been properly titled.Though the lack of details and vague approach stumbles the reader an opposite read is featured in regards to his survival and escaping Union control. Without his prison stories which fortunately takes up a large portion of this book, it would have been confusing and frustrating.Because of those stories I felt this book deserves a 4 star rating.

4-0 out of 5 stars While not splendidly written, a unique and must read memoir.
Berry Benson tells it as it was.He does not fill the pages with fluff, but merely gives a straightforward account of his trials and tribulations during the war.At first, I was skeptical about all that he claimed to have gone through, but after some research, his story holds true. Benson was just shy of 18 when he joined the Confederate army. During his service, he was a sharpshooter, fought under Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, was captured and escaped TWICE: once from Point Lookout and once from Elmira. At times, I wished that he would have gone into more detail, and that is the only downfall of this book.For example: he goes into some description of Point Lookout yet fails to give a good picture of Elmira. However, his story is not one to miss and I suggest it for anyone wanting to read a more personal account of the war that is a little out of the ordinary. ... Read more

Isbn: 0820314870
Sales Rank: 672553
Subjects:  1. 1843-1923    2. Benson, Berry,    3. Biography    4. Civil War, 1861-1865    5. Confederate States of America    6. History    7. History - Military / War    8. History: American    9. Military - General    10. Personal narratives, Confederate    11. Scouts and scouting    12. U.S. History - Civil War And Reconstruction (1860-1877)    13. United States    14. United States - Civil War    15. Benson, Berry   


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Was Jefferson Davis Right?
by James Ronald Kennedy, Walter Donald Kennedy
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 May, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Justice for Jefferson Davis
History has not been kind to Jefferson Davis.This is especially true now with the current wave of politically correct motivated attacks on him.The Kennedy brothers seek to rectify this by placing him under a mock trial charged with treason against the United States government.Incidentally, Davis repeatly asked for this trial which the U.S. government refused based on recommendation of their legal counsel.
Most Davis critics know very little about him.An excellent biography introduces him to the reader.The Kennedy's present the questioning and motives of his federal accusers and offer a stalwart defense in his behalf.Decide for yourself if he was guilty or innocent of treason.
Also, included in addendum are informative documents relative to the period and subject.
When Jefferson Davis died in 1889 the South mourned. Thousands upon thousands of people of all races and walks of life attended his funeral and processions.The South still loved and respected their president.

4-0 out of 5 stars The defense of states rights.
This book provides a defense of the southern cause.Slavery was a sympton of the civil war, but not it's direct cause.Although the book's intention is to defend Jefferson Davis and the CSA, it does provide some very thought provoking information concerning Abraham Lincoln, the origins of today's Republican party and an authorative central government.It is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to find the second edge to the sword.There is much more to America's bloodiest war, and most of it are skeleton's buried deep in the closet of Abraham Lincoln and the heroism associated with his deeds.

3-0 out of 5 stars Political Statement
I found this book interesting.I'm an amateur historian with great interest on the Civil War and the leaders from both sides.I originally bought this book looking for more information on the Biographay and beliefs of Jefferson Davis.It does provide some insight into who he was but REMEMBER WHEN READINGthe authors' state that it is a defense of Jefferson Davis and what he stood for.Therefore this book definately has a slant toward defending and sugar coating who Jefferson Davis was.

The book is a defense of State Rights (and decentralized government) as opposed to a strong centralized government.Wether you support one idea or the other this book is definately worth reading to get a different point of view.

For historical reading on Jefferson Davis read his own writings and speeches from his life and service to the United States and then the Confederate States. ... Read more

Isbn: 156554370X
Sales Rank: 187159
Subjects:  1. 1808-1889    2. Biography    3. Case studies    4. Confederate States of America    5. Davis, Jefferson,    6. General    7. History - General History    8. History: American    9. Political    10. Political Science    11. Presidents    12. Presidents & Heads of State    13. Reference    14. Statesmen    15. Treason    16. U.S. History - Civil War And Reconstruction (1860-1877)    17. United States    18. United States - Civil War    19. Davis, Jefferson   


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