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

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Oxford University Press, Jul 4, 2006 - History - 456 pages
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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 a gripping 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 his bootstraps 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. LaFantasie shows 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.

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William C. Oates claim to fame rests on leading the 15th Alabama's futile attack on the 20th Maine on Little Round Top during the second day of the battle of Gettysburg. In contrast to what the title ... Read full review

Gettysburg requiem: the life and lost causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates

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Col. William Calvin Oates (1833-1910) led his 15th Alabama regiment at Little Round Top, south of Gettysburg, on July 2, 1863, losing the contest and a much-beloved brother. From then on, according to ... Read full review


1 Rough and Tumble Days
2 Baptism by Fire
3 An Unchristian State of Mind
4 Ragged Jacks
5 Boulders Like Gravestones
6 In the Purple Gloom
7 Gone to Flickering
8 The End of Chivalry
11 Striking to Hurt
12 A Soldier in His Heart
13 Stumbling Toward Equality
14 Requiem
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9 Before the Bar
10 The OneArmed Hero of Henry County

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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 & South, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, The New York Times Book Review, America's Civil War, Civil War Times Illustrated, and The Providence Journal.

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