The Gallant Dead: Union and Confederate General Killed in the Civil War

By: Smith, Derek

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Hardcover with dust jacket, green paper over off-white cloth with silver spine titles, 15.5 by 23.5 cm, viii 408 pp. Near fine, unread copy with only faint signs of shelf wear. From the publisher: “During the American Civil War, more than 400 Confederate and nearly 600 Union soldiers held the rank of general. Of them, more than one in ten were killed, an astounding 123 in all—78 for the South and 45 for the North. Sometimes their lives bought victory, but more often, especially in the case of the Confederates, their blood was spilled in defeat. Indeed, for Southern commanders, the battlefield proved particularly deadly—and devastating to their cause. Besides full general Albert Sidney Johnston, who met his end at Shiloh, Lee’s trusted lieutenant Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men at Chancellorsville, flamboyant cavalryman Jeb Stuart was killed in 1864, and A. P. Hill perished two weeks before the war’s end. Though with less consequence for the North’s war effort, notable Federal generals were slain as well, like John Reynolds, whose death is memorialized in the movie Gettysburg, and James B. McPherson, commander of the Army of the Tennessee and subordinate to Sherman. Less prominent generals also lay among the dead, such as a young Union artillery lieutenant who was promoted to brigadier general just before dying and two brothers known as the ‘Fighting McCooks.’ If their deaths did not leave the same void in their army’s leadership as their more famous brethren, they were still fathers and husbands, sons and brothers, who left behind grieving families, widows, and orphans. In The Gallant Dead, author Derek Smith weaves these 123 gripping stories into a seamless narrative of the entire war, covering the military and human aspects of the generals’ deaths and painting a fascinating and often moving portrait of the final moments of some of the finest American warriors who have ever lived.”

Title: The Gallant Dead: Union and Confederate General Killed in the Civil War

Author Name: Smith, Derek

Categories: Civil War,

Edition: first edition

Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books: 2005

ISBN Number: 0811701328

ISBN Number 13: 9780811701327

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: near fine

Jacket Condition: near fine

Seller ID: 3633