“An excellent biography of a lesser-known Confederate general. . . . This book gives us an interesting overview of how an untrained politician becomes an effective military leader.”
“Cisco’s States Rights Gist is a perfect match for the man, who has deserved a good biography and has one at last.”
—William C. Davis, author of
Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour
States Rights Gist was named in honor of his father’s strong political beliefs. The Southern states, Gist’s father believed, had the right to secede from the United States and become their own nation. Influenced by his father’s passion, States Rights’ career as a supporter of the Confederacy began.
Gist attended Harvard Law School and worked worked as a lawyer in South Carolina. Although he had no military training, he joined the state militia as tensions rose between the North and South. Gist was present as the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter. He prepared new recruits for battle and commanded military forces, proving himself a skilled strategist and leader.
Gist became a general when he was only twenty-four years old, and he was placed in command of James Island and Dependencies, an area key to Charleston’s defenses. It was after the Battle of Atlanta that Gist assumed command of a brigade under Major General John Brown. He was killed in the fateful charge at Franklin, Tennessee.
Despite his contributions to the Confederacy, States Rights faded from memory until States Rights Gist, his first biography. Finally, here is a thorough account of the Civil War through the perspective of a young, brave commander, who fought and died for his ideals and emerged as an important Southern hero.