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Liddell's Record: St. John Richardson Liddell, Brigadier General, CSA Staff Officer and Brigade Commander Army of Tennessee
St. John Richardson Liddell (1815-1870), the commander of Patrick Cleburne's splendid Arkansas Brigade in its battles from Perryville to Chickamauga, was a conspicuous combat leader in the Army of Tennessee and an important eyewitness to the making of history. A prominent Louisiana planter, Liddell also served on the staffs of P.G.T. Beauregard, William J. Hardee, and Albe ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by LSU Press
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Among the memoirs left by the generals, I most enjoy those who are frank, succinct, and observant. On the Rebel side Liddell's lacks the polish of Alexander and Taylor, but has an emotional touch. Liddell is of course sure of himself and his judgements, but his combat record was stellar. Mostly I liked this honest, intimate window into his soul. He discusses his dreams at one point. The work ends with "Hope still lingers, such that it is." The portrait that emerges is of a difficult and moody ma ...more
Liddell was a brigadier general in Braxton Bragg's command, and this gossipy memoir did not see print until (if memory serves me correctly) 1984. The late publishing date is unfortunate, because Liddell is one of the few persons who bothered to write an account of the vicious infighting that took place between Bragg and his subordinates. An absolutely necessary book if you want to understand the troubled command structure inside the Confederate Army of the West.