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Beyond the Book

246 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 48 illus.

Paper
ISBN  978-0-8078-4522-6
Published: February 1995

Stephen Dodson Ramseur

Lee's Gallant General

By Gary W. Gallagher


Stephen Dodson Ramseur, born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, in 1837, compiled an enviable record as a brigadier in the Army of Northern Virginia. Commissioned major general the day after his twenty-seventh birthday, he was the youngest West Pointer to achieve that rank in the Confederate army. He later showed great skill as a divisional leader in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns before he was fatally wounded at Cedar Creek on 19 October of that year. Based on Ramseur's extensive personal papers as well as on other sources, this absorbing biography examines the life of one of the South's most talented commanders and brings into sharper focus some of the crosscurrents of this turbulent period.

About the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His books include Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander and The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond, an edited collection.


Reviews

"A model biography. . . . An impressive bibliography attests to Gallagher's thorough and impeccable research and offers Civil War enthusiasts significant sources of untapped information. . . . Gallagher's balanced and enlightening treatise is a deserving tribute to one of Lee's most gallant warriors."
--Blue and Gray



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