Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates by Glenn W. LafantasieGettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates by Glenn W. Lafantasie

Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates

byGlenn W. Lafantasie

Paperback | November 15, 2007

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William C. Oates is best remembered as the Confederate officer defeated at Gettysburg's Little Round Top, losing a golden opportunity to turn the Union's flank and win the battle--and perhaps the war. Now, Glenn W. LaFantasie--bestselling author of Twilight at Little Round Top--has written agripping biography of Oates. Oates was no moonlight-and-magnolias Southerner, as LaFantasie shows. Raised in the hard-scrabble Wiregrass Country of Alabama, he ran away from home as a teenager, roamed through Louisiana and Texas--where he took up card sharking--and finally returned to Alabama, to pull himself up by hisbootstraps and become a respected attorney. During the war, he rose to the rank of colonel, served under Stonewall Jackson and Lee, was wounded six times and lost an arm. Returning home, he launched a successful political career, becoming a seven-term congressman and ultimately governor. LaFantasieshows how, for Oates, the war never really ended--he remained devoted to the Lost Cause, and spent the rest of his life waging the political battles of Reconstruction. Here then is a richly evocative story of Southern life before, during, and after the Civil War, based on first-time and exclusive access of family papers and never-before-seen archives. "Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, this captivating biography is a signal contribution to Civil War historiography.... In LaFantasie's penetrating analysis, Oates becomes the avatar of everything both objectionable and laudable in the antebellum and postwar South as well as in theintervening Civil War." --Library Journal (starred review)
Glenn W. LaFantasie is the Frockt Family Professor of Civil War History and the Director of the Center for the Civil War in the West at Western Kentucky University. He is the bestselling author of Twilight at Little Round Top. He has also written for several magazines and newspapers, including American History, North and South, MHQ:...
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Title:Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. OatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.3 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195331311

ISBN - 13:9780195331318

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1: Rough and Tumble DaysCh. 2: Baptism by FireCh. 3: An Unchristian State of MindCh. 4: Ragged JacksCh. 5: Boulders like GravestonesCh. 6: In the Purple GloomCh. 7: Gone to FlickeringCh. 8: The End of ChivalryCh. 9: Before the BarCh. 10: The One-Armed Hero of Henry CountyCh. 11: Striking to HurtCh. 12: A Soldier in His HeartCh. 13: Stumbling Toward EqualityCh. 14: Requiem

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"LaFantasie's book is a brilliant example of how diligent research and skillful writing can turn a soldier known mainly for his role on one historic day into a fully rounded character, as movingly depicted as in a Tolstoy novel. William Oates's life, before, during and after the battle ofGettysburg, illustrates his times better than that of grander figures whose public virtues and sins overshadow their inner complexity. But never until now has anyone as talented as LaFantasie taken the pains to do it right." --Ernest B. Furgurson, author of Freedom Rising: Washington in the CivilWar and Chancellorsville 1863