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

Glenn W. LaFantasie


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. Oates was no moonlight-and-magnolias Southerner, as this book 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 ... More

Keywords: William C. Oates, Confederate officer, Gettysburg, Little Round Top, Union, battle, war, Wiregrass Country, Alabama, Louisiana

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn W. LaFantasie, author
University of Maine, Farmington