Staff Officers in Gray: A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia

Staff Officers in Gray: A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia

by Robert E. L. Krick

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This indispensable Civil War reference profiles some 2,300 staff officers in Robert E. Lee's famous Army of Northern Virginia. These men--ordnance officers, engineers, aides-de-camp, and quartermasters, among others--worked at the side of many of the Confederacy's greatest figures, helping to feed and clothe the army, maintain its discipline, and operate its military machinery.

A typical entry includes the officer's full name, the date and place of his birth and death, details of his education and occupation, and a synopsis of his military record. An introduction discusses the role of staff officers in the Confederate army, describes the evolution and importance of individual staff positions, and makes some broad generalizations about the officers' common characteristics. Two appendixes provide a list of more than 3,000 staff officers who served in other armies of the Confederacy and complete rosters of known staff officers of each general in the Army of Northern Virginia.

Synthesizing the contents of thousands of unpublished official documents, Staff Officers in Gray will be of interest to anyone studying the battles, personnel, and organization of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807863077
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/04/2003
Series: Civil War America
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 956,913
Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Robert E. L. Krick is a historian based in Richmond, Virginia. He has written widely on Confederate topics and specializes in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

Table of Contents

Appendix 1Confederate Staff Officers, Other Than Army of Northern Virginia313
Appendix 2General-by-General List of Army of Northern Virginia Staff Officers365

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An indispensable reference work that belongs on the shelf of every scholar and buff interested in the Army of Northern Virginia. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book; the roster provides an exhaustive compilation of information available nowhere else. This is truly a remarkable piece of scholarship.--Gordon C. Rhea, author of Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864

For any Virginia Civil War buff with a library, this compilation will be an indispensable addition.--Richmond Times-Dispatch

A unique and valuable resource for Civil War historians and genealogists.--Choice

By profiling in a single, accessible account the officers who were largely responsible for the army's day-to-day operations, the book makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge about those who fought in the Civil War.--Military History

Staff Officers in Gray is a wonderful book for anyone interested in the Confederate military in general or the Army of Northern Virginia in particular.--Louisiana History

Staff Officers in Gray is that rarest of history books--a seminal source that will endure through the decades and be as interesting and valuable a century from now as it is today.--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Krick's meticulous work on a previously neglected topic [is] an essential tool for general reference as well as a valuable aid for further study.--Florida Historical Quarterly

An essential reference. . . . All those who read about, research, and write about the Army of Northern Virginia should welcome this impressive achievement.--Journal of Military History

Excellent, impressive and lean. . . . An absolute necessity for any researcher of the Army of Northern Virginia. The casual and curious reader will find the opening text a stellar explanation of staff officers and their duties and dilemmas and, more importantly, will come away from reading this with a new insight into the roles played by staff officers.--Southern Historian

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