The Journals of Josiah Gorgas, 1857-1878

Synopsis

Josiah Gorgas was best known as the highly regarded Chief of Confederate Ordnance. Born in 1818, he attended West Point, served in the US Army, and later, after marrying Amelia Gayle, daughter of a former Alabama governor, joined the Confederacy. After the Civil War he served as President of the University of Alabama until ill health forced him to resign. His journals, maintained between 1857 and 1878, reflect the family's economic successes and failures, detail the course of the South through the Civil War, and describe the ordeal of Reconstruction. An added dimension is the view of Victorian Family life as Gorgas explored his feeling about aspects of parental responsibility and transmission of values to his children - a rarely documented account from the male perspective.