GENERAL JOHN B. GORDON'S last work was the publishing of his "Reminiscences of the Civil War." This volume, written in his vigorous style and broad, patriotic spirit, has been most favorably received and read all over the country. Since his death this memorial edition is brought out; and it is appropriate that an additional introduction should accompany it, somewhat in the shape of a biographical sketch. General John Brown Gordon was an all-round great man--a valiant and distinguished soldier, an eminent statesman, a great ...
GENERAL JOHN B. GORDON'S last work was the publishing of his "Reminiscences of the Civil War." This volume, written in his vigorous style and broad, patriotic spirit, has been most favorably received and read all over the country. Since his death this memorial edition is brought out; and it is appropriate that an additional introduction should accompany it, somewhat in the shape of a biographical sketch. General John Brown Gordon was an all-round great man--a valiant and distinguished soldier, an eminent statesman, a great orator, an author of merit, and a public-spirited and useful citizen. He was born in Upson County, Georgia, February 6, 1832. His father was the Rev. Zachary Herndon Gordon. The family was of Scotch extraction, and its members fought in the Revolutionary War. He received his education at the university of his native State, and by profession was a lawyer. At the breaking out of the war, in 1861, he enlisted as a private soldier, and was elected captain of his company. His career was perhaps as brilliant as that of any officer in the Confederate army. In rapid succession he filled every grade--that of Major, Lieutenant-Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier-General, Major-General, and, near the end, was assigned to duty as Lieutenant-General (by authority of the Secretary of War), and while he never received the commission in regular form, he commanded, at the surrender at Appomattox, one half of the Army of Northern Virginia, under Robert E. Lee. At the close of the war he had earned the reputation of being perhaps the most conspicuous and personally valiant officer surviving, and the one generally regarded as most promising and competent for increased rank and larger command. His imposing and magnificent soldierly bearing, coupled with his splendid ringing voice and far-reaching oratory, made him the "White-plumed Knight of our Southland" and the "Chevalier Bayard of the Confederate Army." He had the God-given talent of getting in front of his troops and, in a few magnetic appeals, inspiring them almost to madness, and being able to lead them into the jaws of death. This was notably done at Fredericksburg, and again on the 12th of May, at the battle of Spottsylvania Court House. He greatly distinguished himself on many bloody fields. I mention now, as most prominent, the battles of Seven Pines, Sharpsburg or Antietam, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, Cedar Creek, Petersburg, and Appomattox. At Sharpsburg he was wounded five times, but would not leave his troops till the last shot laid him helpless and insensible on the field. A scholarly professor of history in one of our Southern universities recently stated that in his study of the great war on both sides he had found but one prominent general who, when he was in command, or when he led a charge, had never been defeated or repulsed, and that general was John B. Gordon.
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Very Good. Reprint of the 1903 edition. Very Good, no dust jacket. No onwership marks. A couple of small spots of soiling to the page fore-edge. Navy blue cloth with gold titling on the spine. 474 pages, including Index.
Written in 1903, John Brown Gordon's Reminiscences of the Civil War portray the personal narrative of one of the leading Confederate generals during the American Civil War. Gordon fought at several battles including First Bull Run, Antietam (where he was wounded multiple times), Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and the siege at Petersburg. He was also present at the time of the Confederate surrender to Grant at Appomattox. Gordon provides his analyses and explanations on the Confederate defeats at Gettysburg in 1863 and Cedar Creek in 1864. He also provides an assessment of both Union and Confederate generals including Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Philip Sheridan, Stonewall Jackson, James Longstreet, and Robert E. Lee; not surprisingly, Gordon holds Lee with the highest regard. A prevalent theme throughout the book is that both Union and Confederate soldiers and leaders demonstrated courage and bravery on the battlefield; moreover, Gordon maintains that each side fought for what it believed in without criminal or unworthy intent. With his emphasis on personal bravery on the part of both armies, one might say that Gordon is a reconciliationist who seeks unity between the North and South and desires to put sectionalism aside. Finally, at the end of the book, Gordon asserts that the unfortunate things which occurred during the war must not be permitted to disturb the harmony between the North and the South and that the United States must move forward with its benign mission to humanity. This is surely a must read book for any student of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the historiography of the War Between The States.
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