The Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry

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John Crawford Vaughn was one of the most famous men in Tennessee in the mid-nineteenth century. He was the first man to raise an infantry regiment in the state--and one of the very last Confederate generals to surrender. History has not been kind to Vaughn, who finally emerges from the shadows in this absorbing assessment of his life and military career. Making use of recent research and new information, Larry Gordon’s biography follows Vaughn to Manassas, Vicksburg and other crucial battles; it shows him as a close friend of Jefferson Davis, and Davis’s escort during the final month of the war. And it considers his importance as one of the few Confederate generals to return to Tennessee after Reconstruction, where he became President of the State Senate. Gordon examines Vaughn’s (hitherto unknown) location on the field of crucial battles; his multiple wounds; the fact that his wife and family, captured by Union soldiers, were the only family members of a Confederate general incarcerated as hostages during the Civil War; and the effect of this knowledge on his performance as a military commander. Finally, the book is as valuable for its view of this little understood figure as it is for the light it casts on the culture of his day.

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John Crawford Vaughn was one of the most famous men in Tennessee in the nineteenth century. He was the first man to raise a regiment in the state . . . and one of the very last Confederate generals to surrender.  The first biography of this poorly understood figure, this book reveals new information about Vaughn’s location on the field of crucial battles; his multiple wounds; his role as Jefferson Davis’s friend and escort; the fact that his wife and family were captured by Union soldiers; and the effect of this knowledge on his performance as a military commander. It also serves as an admirable unit histories of one of the only Rebel cavalry brigade of East Tennesseans.

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The Last Confederate General

In the mid-nineteenth century John Crawford Vaughn was one of the most famous men in Tennessee. He was the first man to raise a regiment in the state and one of the very last Confederate generals to surrender. History has not been kind to Vaughn, who finally emerges from the shadows in this absorbing assessment of his life and military career.

Follow Vaughn and his East Tennessee Cavalry to Manassas, Vicksburg, and other crucial battles as Larry Gordon makes use of new research and information to reveal the complete picture of Vaughn, including:

Author Larry Gordon tells the story from Vaughn’s perspective, discussing both his strengths and his weaknesses, while offering insights to his motivations as well as long-hidden mitigating information. "The man was an unabashed secessionist," Gordon writes, "a rebel with a cause. . . . Vaughn lived at a time when important issues were almost literally black or white for many Americans. But many of his failures, accomplishments, and ‘might have beens’ fall into a gray area and need to be understood in context."

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Vaughn’s hitherto unknown location on the field of crucial battles;

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His ability to overcome multiple battlefield wounds;

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His wife and family’s incarceration as Union hostages;

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The effects of his anxiety over his family’s incarceration on his performance as a military commander;

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His close friendship with Jefferson Davis—close enough for him to become Davis’s escort during the final month of the war; and

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His importance as one of the few Confederate generals to return to Tennessee after Reconstruction, where he soon became president of the state senate.
presents the first biography of Confederate cavalry commander John Crawford Vaughn, from his birth in East Tennessee, through the Mexican War, the gold rush, and the War Between the States, to his return to Tennessee and his untimely death in Georgia.

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