Wearing of the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes and Adventures of the War (Classic Reprint)

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This is trite, but it is true and the fact thus larnely stated is one of the chiefest spites of fate. For what is the picture worth unless drawn in its actual colours - what the value of the figures unless they are likenesses? The war just ended was not an official transaction, only to be calmly narrated with digni fied generalization, phiiosophic reasoning, and commonplace comment upon peace conferences, grand tactics, and the political bearing of the result. It was a mighty drama, all life, passion, movement, incident, and romance - a singular melange, wherein tears, laughter, sighs and smiles, rapidly followed each other, communicating to the bitter and determined struggle all the pro found interest of a tragedy whose scenes sweep on before the spectator to the catastrophe. Nor were the actors in the tragedy blocks of wood, or merely official personages playing coldly their stage parts. They were men of flesh and blood, full of high resolve, vehement passion; subject to hope, fear, rejoicing, depression; but faithful through all to the great principles which drove them on - principles in which they believed, and for which they were ready to die. They were noble types of the great Norman race of which the Southern people come - brave, honourable, courteous, social; quick in resentment, proud, but placable; and these conspicuous traits were everywhere seen in their actions and daily lives.

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John Esten Cooke was a writer, not a fighter, and yet he enjoyed (in every sense of the word) a remarkable and extensive Civil War career that took him from John Brown's raid to General Lee's surrender and put him in close touch with some of the greatest commanders in American history, most notable his much-admired cousin-in-law, J.E.B. Stuart. Wearing of the Gray, published in 1867, contains Cooke's best writing on the war - vignettes that display an eye for local color and the picaresque, a wry sense of humor, and a quick grasp of character. It includes eleven vivid portraits of both famous figures - such as Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, P.G.T. Beauregard, John Singleton Mosby, and Jubal Early - and less famous, as well as stories and sketches based on Cooke's experiences. Though Cooke tends to romanticize the past - as evinced in his merry rendition of Stuart's cavalry campaign in the summer of 1863, an event most participants remembered as nightmarish - he is equally capable, for example, of capturing with moving and stark simplicity what the surrender at Appomattox meant to the Confederates present there.

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John Esten Cooke was an American novelist, poet and Civil-War veteran best-known for his writings about his home state of Virginia. Although trained as a lawyer, Cooke was able to support himself with his writing from the very beginning of his career, and eventually produced more than 200 published works, including the novels The Virginia Comedians and The Wearing of the Gray, and biographies about General Robert E. Lee and Thomas Stonewall Jackson. Although Cooke served under General J. E. B. Stuart during the American Civil War, he was not suited to military life and returned to his writing at the war s end. Cooke died 1886 and is commemorated in the John Esten Cooke Fiction Award, awarded annually by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars.

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