The cooperation and support of many people aided me in writing this book. Special thanks to Robert F. Durden of Duke University, who provided encouragement and numerous kindly criticisms that led to important corrections and improvements. I am also indebted to Clarence L. Mohr, who generously subjected the manuscript to a critical reading. The many patient librarians and archivists who helped me find materials in the recesses of numerous depositories are owed a debt of gratitude. I am also grateful to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who awarded my manuscript the Mrs. Simon Baruch University Award for 1976.
My deepest appreciation is to my wife, JaLene, and our two boys, Michael and Andrew. Without their patience and long-suffering, I could not have completed this project.