Re: [civilwarwest] Civil War Memoirs
Try Edward Porter Alexander's "Fighting For the Confederacy."
The background here is that this was (like the "Secret Memoir of G. Thomas",
but in real life!) written solely for the benefit of Alexander's family and
children who apparently pestered him with "what did you do in the war,
Daddy?" requests until he just couldn't stand it any more. It was never
intended to be published, and was not until somehow Gary Gallagher became
aware of its existence. He persuaded the family to let him edit it and
release it to the public.
I am not positive but Alexander may have written another "sanitized" postwar
book like almost everybody did, either to make a buck for themselves or some
charity. Be sure to look for Gallagher's name and read the forward to make
sure you have the right one. It is in print and Amazon has it at:
(Disclaimer: if you hit that link and buy the book my magazine makes a small
commission, thank you very much.)
Regrettably I have not read this myself (I anticipate having time for
recreational reading again somewhere in the middle of 2007) but it is said to
be about as honest as a book of this sort can be. It is a tad off-topic here
as all of Alexander's service was in the Eastern Theater, but as much as
other commanders shuffled back and forth between east and west I he might
have insightful things to say about them.
Civil War Interactive
Bob Redman wrote:
> Dear fellow WT enthusiasts,
> I've read Grant's and Sherman's Memoirs, have now read some excerpts from
> Hood's. They all tell more about the authors than about what happened. Can
> anyone recommend the memoirs of a top level commander on either side
> (better both sides) who was able to maintain some sort of objectivity and
> a sense of humor?
> Bob Redman