EMBATTLED CONFEDERATES by Bell Irwin Wiley

EMBATTLED CONFEDERATES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled An Illustrated History of Southerners at War, this Civil War book contains 300 photographs by Confederate photographers, together with a concise and unbiased factual account of life in the Confederacy in the War. Although the South had no photographers to equal the North's Mathew Brady, it did have many good photographers, professional and amateur, as this collection proves. The text holding the pictures together is excellent, emphasizing aspects of political and social life in the Confederacy rather than military campaigns. It includes pithy and objective biographics of outstanding Southerners: Jefferson Davis; the members of his constantly changing Cabinet; harassed Congressmen struggling to control a country opposed to laws and taxes and obsessed with the doctrine of State's Rights. The book tells of ""High Brass"" and lesser officers and their propensity to fight duels; among other topics, it deals with life in the army, town and country, with armaments and industry and railroads, with Negroes and the influence of Southern ministers on the belief in the righteousness of Slavery, ending with the final collapse of the Confederacy. A unique addition to the annals of the Civil War, this costly volume, book for beside reading, belongs in all libraries of the War and will make an excellent gift book for all Civil War buffs.

Publisher: Harper & Row