Although not born in the South (Zurich, Switzerland, 1834), Henry Hotze's devotion to the cause of the Confederacy was as ardent as that of any native secessionist. As a member of the Mobile Cadets, an elite volunteer company of the Gulf City, Hotze was ordered to Virginia at the start of war as part of the Third Alabama Regiment. He distinguished himself in many ways, primarily off the battlefield as a clerk and European go-between. In November of 1861, he was appointed to the position of Commercial Agent at London by C.S.A. Secretary of State R.M.T. Hunter, who instructed him to take the pulse of the English public on Confederate sentiment and to publish articles there that would cast the Confederacy in a favorable light. These articles appeared first in The Index, the newspaper that Hotze established in London, and reveal Hotze's skill as both a reporter and a propagandist for the Confederacy.
Richard Barksdale Harwell was the editor of several important Civil War memoirs and is known for his bibliographic studies of Confederate belles lettres, music, collectibles, and imprints. Notable among these is In Tall Cotton: The 200 Most Important Confederate Books for the Reader, Researcher, and Collector.