- By Walter Brian Cisco

States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General Of The Civil War

  • Title: States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General Of The Civil War
  • Author: Walter Brian Cisco
  • ISBN: 9780942597288
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • States Rights Gist A South Carolina General Of The Civil War Carolina College and Harvard Gist became a leading militia general in the Civil War

    Carolina College and Harvard, Gist became a leading militia general in the Civil War.

    1 thought on “States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General Of The Civil War

    1. I was motivated to read a book about States Rights Gist after visiting the Confederate Museum in Greenville SC and wanted to learn more about the Confederate General whose name was actually States Rights.Frankly, I found this book disappointing on several levels. First off, this is a pro-Southern history. I realize that no history is truly unbiased, though I at least appreciate when authors try to understand the other side, and/or fully explain their own personal bias. Cisco does neither of them [...]

    2. Cisco is undoubtedly pro-Southern, and as such the book is a bit one sided. There is no detailed discussion of the battles Gist fought. Yet, the writing is clear and crisp. Best part was Gist's role in secession. He presented a letter to the governors of Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana about what they would do if South Carolina left the union. Their answers undoubtedly were a major reason for South Carolina's fateful decision.

    3. According to the author, States Rights Gist: A South Carolina General sets out to show readers that S.R. Gist (in the words of diarist Mary Chestnut), "is a real personage - and not an odd name merely." Cisco does fairly well at this objective, although a little more depth would have been nice (the book is less than 200 pages long).The author's portrait of Gist is an admiring one, but not obnoxiously so. Cisco is frank about the times and environment that shaped S.R. Gist in his formative years. [...]

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