"Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy," said F. Scott Fitzgerald. Perhaps no event in American history better illustrates this view than the Civil War and its principal players in the years after the conflict. David Hardin's stories of eleven Civil War figures are revealing and touching. Whether Northerner or Southerner, their lives did not end at Appomattox. Their dissimilar outcomes are a feast of irony and, collectively, a portrait of national change. With eleven black-and-white photographs.
David Hardin is a veteran newspaperman who grew up on the battlefield of Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a writer and editor at newspapers across the South, including those in Nashville; Raleigh; Savannah; Miami; Tampa; Jackson, Mississippi; and Huntsville, Alabama. Among his national journalism awards is a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in the Huntsville, Alabama area.
Chapter 1: The Daughter of the Confederacy: Winnie Davis Chapter 2: The Conqueror's Son: Tom Sherman Chapter 3: The General's Last Battle: Ulysses S. Grant Chapter 4: The Diarist: Mary Boykin Chesnut Chapter 5: The Crippled Knight: John Bell Hood Chapter 6: That Devil Forrest: Nathan Bedford Forrest Chapter 7: The Mad Woman: Mary Todd Lincoln Chapter 8: The Good Hater: Joseph E. Johnston Chapter 9: The Legend: Robert E. Lee Chapter 10: The Turncoat: George H. Thomas Chapter 11: Libbie's Husband: Elizabeth and George A. Custer