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John Brown Gordon : soldier, southerner, American /
Ralph Lowell Eckert.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1989.
xvii, 367 p. : ill. --
0807114553 (alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1989.
0807114553 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-02:
John Brown Gordon was only 33 when Appomattox brought an abrupt end to a promising military career that had seen the Georgian rise from captain to major general in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The remaining 39 years of Gordon's life, though less colorful, saw him become a New South businessman and railroad promoter, Klan leader, Democratic senator and governor, leader of Confederate veterans, and spokesman for national reconciliation. Gordon's military glory has proved a tempting topic for biographers, e.g., Allen P. Tankersley's John B. Gordon: A Study in Gallantry (1955). Eckert's primary purpose is to evaluate critically Gordon's postwar career. A fire in 1899 destroyed most of Gordon's personal and business papers; Eckert (Pennsylvania State University at Erie) has gone to considerable effort to locate items that survived and to cull public records and newspapers for Gordon material. Unfortunately, Gordon's business and Klan involvements still remain obscure. Eckert's development of Gordon's political career is thorough yet uninspired. He fails to develop a meaningful political, social, or economic context in which to understand Gordon's behavior. The book remains, however, a valuable source of information on Gordon's life and is appropriate for college and university libraries. -P. F. Field, Ohio University
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