* OFFICIAL *
Regtl. Staff Chickamauga 2018
- Mar 15, 2013
Robert E. Lee once said that the men in his army "will go anywhere, if properly led." A vital component of that leadership was the Confederate army's regimental commanders -- the Colonels who actually led the troops into battle. What qualifications did they have for their office? How were they chosen? These are among the topics historian, Bruce Allardice, will address, along with stories about some of the army's odder officers. The talk will challenge several long-believed-in myths about the Confederate army.
A professor of history at South Suburban College, Bruce S. Allardice is past president of the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table, and past president of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago. Prof. Allardice has authored or coauthored six books, and numerous articles, on the Civil War. His latest book is Two Years Before the Paddlewheel: Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River Confederate (State House Press, 2012), the edited diary of Charles F. Gunther, a Confederate steamboat officer who later became Chicago's leading candymaker. Other books include More Generals in Gray (LSU Press 1995) a selection of the History Book Club. In 2008, two books were published - Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register (U of MO Press), a biographical register of Confederate army colonels, and Kentuckians in Gray (U Press of KY), co-authored with Professor Larry Hewitt. He authored an essay on General Stephen D. Lee for vol. 3 of Confederate Generals in the Western Theater (U. of TN Press 2011). His article on "John E. Smith and the 96th Illinois" appeared in 2015 in the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society.
During this presentation, Prof. Allardice's talk will focus on Confederate Colonels. Few books can claim to be the definitive work on a subject, but his Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register is one of those books, praised as a "must-read" "Highly recommended" for scholars, genealogists, and history buffs alike. According to historian Jeffrey Wert, "It is a work of prodigious research and is recommended without reservation." The introduction contains ground-breaking analysis of the Confederate officer corps, explaining WHY the Confederate army did better in Virginia than elsewhere. Published by University of Missouri Press.