Nine Men in Gray
Nine Men in Gray
"Combining a broad knowledge of the period with a skillful pen, Dufour has written a lively, reliable, enjoyable narrative. . . . [He] describes his subjects accurately and forcefully. The reader sees men of flesh and blood, not monuments. Each man's contribution to the Confederate cause is evaluated realistically."--Civil War HistoryPorter Alexander is not a household name today, but he should be remembered as one of Robert E. Lee's most valuable officers. Bold and imaginative, Alexander was an artillerist whose service was requested by every Confederate army commander. He and eight other "men in gray" come to life in vivid sketches by Charles L. Dufour. Singled out are Dick Taylor, the handsome son of former president Zachary Taylor who led the Louisiana Brigade; Turner Ashby, an expert horseman whose death in battle typified the doomed gallantry of the Rebels; Pat Cleburne of the Army of Tennessee, who was called "the Stonewall of the West"; "Savez" Read, a navy man who terrorized the Atlantic seaboard in a one-gun sailing vessel; Willie Pegram, a shy Virginian who was a bold cannoneer; Lucius B. Northrop, whose abrasive personality complicated his task of feeding the army; William Mahone, whose ferocious fighting spirit belied his bantam size; and Henry Hotze, who served brilliantly as a Confederate agent and propagandist.Charles L. Dufour's other books include The Night the War Was Lost (1960). Introducing Nine Men in Gray is Gary W. Gallagher, a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Fighting for the Confederacy: Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander (1989) and the editor of Lee the Soldier (Nebraska, 1996).