In this project, I am deeply grateful to professors Alex Roland and I. B. Honey. Dr. Roland provided continuing advice and guidance, while Dr. Holley nurtured the initial ideas that made this project possible. Special thanks also go to Dr. Martin Miller, who was a warm and encouraging friend during my stay at Duke University. Gerald Pierson provided valuable editorial assistance and Mary Lou Carr was kind enough to draw the maps. I am also indebted to William Meyer and Jeffrey Alvanos; both provided helpful insights into the psyche of Robert Eichelberger. Most of all, I would like to thank my wife, Mary Carr Chwialkowski, for her eternal patience and support during the trying times of this literary ordeal.