From a distinguished historian of the America South comes this thoroughly human portrait of the complex man at the center of our nation's most epic struggle. Jefferson Davis initially did not wish to leave the Union-as the son of a veteran of the American Revolution and as a soldier and senator, he considered himself a patriot. William J. Cooper shows us how Davis' initial reluctance turned into absolute commitment to the Confederacy. He provides a thorough account of Davis' life, both as the Confederate President and in the years before and after the war.
Wild Rose: The True Story of a Civil War Spy, by Ann Blackman. A grand dame of antebellum Washington, Rose O'Neale Greenhow was a Confederate spy. In jail, her stout defense of the South made her a Lost Cause heroine, and her celebrity, on a par with that of Elizabeth Van Lew. (377 pages, 8 x 5, Paperback)
First Lady of the Confederacy: Varina Davis's Civil War, by Joan E. Cashin. The first scholarly biography of Varina Howell Davis, wife of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, Cashin views her within a framework of the traditional role expected of a Southern plantation wife and the role that was anticipated by the Confederate public for their first First Lady. (403 pages, 9.25 x 6.25, Paperback)
The Lee Girls, by Mary P. Coulling. Raised in aristocratic luxury, Confederate leader Robert E. Lee's four daughters - Mary, Anne, Eleanor and Mildred - were forced to adjust to privation caused by the Civil War. This gentle book tells the story of their struggle to maintain their gracious lifestyle. It is at once a sunny and poignant tale, for the childhood days at Arlington were idyllic, but when Lee rode off to war they ended abruptly and never were recaptured. (242 pages, 9 x 6, Paperback)
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy, by Elizabeth R. Varon. A member of the social elite in Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth Van Lew nevertheless loved the Union and disliked slavery. She built a Unionist underground in the Confederate capital that helped escaping prisoners of war and provided General Grant with valuable intelligence. (261 pages, 6.5 x 9.5, Paperback)
Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command, by Douglas Southall Freeman. A one-volume abridgement by Stephen W. Sears. A sweeping narrative that presents a multiple biography against the flame-shot background of the American Civil War, it is the story of the great figures of the Army of Northern Virginia who fought under Robert E. Lee. (910 pages, 9.25 x 6.25, Paperback)
Lees Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry, Edited by Catherine M. Wright. The letters assembled in this extraordinarily rich collection were written by Robert W. Parker, an enlisted Confederate cavalryman who is thought to have been the last man killed in action in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.
Lee, by Douglas Southall Freeman. This one-volume abridged version of Freemans classic text remains the best single biography ever written about the legendary Confederate general. Although there have been numerous books written about Lee, none have come as close to capturing his military genius, or why so many Southerners enthusiastically fought and died under his banner. (656 pages, 9 x 6.25, Paperback)
The life of Robert E. Lee is a story not of defeat but of triumph--triumph in clearing his family name, triumph in marrying properly, triumph over the mighty Mississippi in his work as an engineer, and triumph over all other military men to become the towering figure who commanded the Confederate army int he American Civil War. But late in life Lee confessed that he was always wanting something. In this probing and personal biography, Emory Thomas reveals more than the man himself did. Robert E.