Richmond: West & Johnston, 1863. Quarter Leather. Very Good binding. Item #6004
Octavo. x, 17-326 pp. First edition, in later binding, backed in leather with marbled paper over boards, lacking wrappers so state is undetermined. Light shelfwear, only; contents are clean and remarkably free of toning. "The first popular history of the war from the Confederate point of view, Pollard's works are seriously marred by venomous anti-Davis feeling and bitter anti-Northern prejudice" Nevins II, p. 175. Eicher echoes Nevins's assessment noting that the Southern History of War, of which this present title is the second of four volumes, was "[w]ritten immediately after the war in the heat of passion, the book is a revisionist Southern attempt to attack the Northern credibility and to blame a long list of Southerners who failed in defeat, chiefly Jefferson Davis himself" Eicher 705. Gallagher, on the other hand, finds there is merit in the "bountiful harvest of revealing opinions and observations about the Confederacy. They are particularly useful in charting reactions to military campaigns and congressional actions" Gallagher, In Taller Cotton, 153. Crandall 2650; Dornbusch III, 240; Howes P-460 "aa"; Parrish & Willingham 4996; Sabin 63860.