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Reminiscences of the Civil War

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John Gordon (1832-1904) was one of the Confederacy's most capable generals. A native of Georgia, he went on to serve as governor of the state after the war. His memoirs are one of the most famous accounts of the Civil War, and an example of the Lost Cause view of the war.
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published (first published 1903)
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Don Lowrance
May 02, 2013 Don Lowrance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than I expected after reading several books on the Civil War by contemporary writers. His account is both vivid and gripping. The language reveals a classical education that vey few can boast of in the sad culture we live in. I highly recommend this book, not as the first to read on the Civil War but as one you read to give life and emotion to the facts. Gordon's world was one full of chivalry with a high view of character and brotherhood.
I loved this. So easy to read. It's like listening to your close friend tell you of their experiences. John Gordon's judgement of character is impressive. Though he may at times be too complementary of some who are likely undeserving, he backs up his praise with facts, and history has by and large concurred with his impressions. I would recommend this book to any who desires to compare and contrast the traits of good character, manhood, and honor with self aggrandizement, cowardice, and ...more
Sean Chick
Well written but Gordan plays fast and loose with the facts and he was obsessed with his public image, the Lost Cause mythology, and the desire for reconciliation. As such it lacks the wit, sarcasm, and intelligence of Richard Taylor's memoir. It has none of the clarity of Grant's memoirs (also to be treated with some caution) nor the brilliant passages in Sherman's memoirs. Still, Gordon, was a solid writer and his work is more readable than similar fare from McClellan, Longstreet, and a number ...more
Rich Boyett
May 30, 2014 Rich Boyett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. General Gordon's first hand description of the battle of Sharpsburg causes the reader to hear the cannons and smell the smoke. A very fair and balanced recollection for one so immersed in the war between the states.
Apr 09, 2014 Andrew rated it it was ok
I wish I had more positive things to say about this book, but I don't. It was disorganized, at times inaccurate or misleading, and mostly composed of sentimental drivel. Gordon's narrative jumps all over the place, is interspersed the the words of others far too often, and generally lacks in having anything interesting or insightful to say.

On top of all this, Gordon was so unwilling to say anything negative or possibly offensive about almost anyone that it completely impairs his ability to provi
John A. Ryan
Feb 20, 2015 John A. Ryan rated it really liked it
A balanced view of the Civil War

In my readings of the Civil War, I have read that John Gordon's autobiography was a excellent and balanced read of a Southern Commander. I believe that it was.
Most autobiographical accounts written by combatants, especially by those in command, were written to justify poor judgment or improve their image. John Gordon needed no such proclamation. The only negative mention was Jubal Early's which was proven baseless by others.
The only negative thing I found was that
Oh boy was this a meandering stream of consciousness that was supposedly linked by battles or years. The vignettes were great, but the romanticism of Johnny love for Billy yank became a little overwhelming. The book really embodied the Lost Cause, hatred of Bragg and Johnson, and love between the sides that became legendary in mind and spirit around the turn of the century.
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John B. Gordon was a Confederate officer in the American Civil War. He was born in Upson County, Georgia, on his father's plantation, and attended the University of Georgia, proving himself a distinguished student. He passed the bar examination and practiced law until the outbreak of the war, at which point he was elected captain of a company of mountaineers. He quickly rose to brigadier general, ...more
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