Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

General Sterling Price and the Confederacy

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

General Sterling Price and the Confederacy

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General Sterling Price and the Confederacy. By Thomas C. Reynolds. Edited by Robert G. Schultz. (St. Louis: Missouri History Museum. Distributed by University of Missouri Press, c. 2009. Pp. 279. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 9781-883982-68-3.)

Confederate major general Sterling Price's complicated place in the Civil War reflected that of the Confederacy itself: the promise of early victories, later a series of stinging defeats, followed by a great deal of finger-pointing.

Because of his early opposition to secession, many in Missouri and the greater Confederate government remained wary of his military record and commitment to the cause. The service record of Price, who died two years after the war and whose personal papers were lost to a fire, exists mostly in the recollections of others. His narrative is not his own.

One piece of evidence used by many Price scholars remains the incomplete and, until now, unpublished manuscript of prosecessionist lieutenant governor and eventual governor of Missouri Thomas C. Reynolds. His manuscript details events from the late 1850s to the fall of 1864, the eve of Price's Missouri raid. Reynolds served as an early champion of Price's military career, only later to express worries over Price's loyalties and military abilities. Donated by a family member after Reynolds's death, the unpublished work remained tucked away at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis. Now through the efforts of editor Robert G. Schultz, the Reynolds manuscript is available to both the casual and the serious student of the Civil War. …

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