Item description for End of an Era by Dennis Sporer John Paul, Sergeant Wise...
This memoir constitutes one of the best first-person narratives of the Civil War experience. It is written with power, candour, objectivity and elegance. The story that John Sergeant Wise recounts is a colourful, almost novelistic account of a young Confederate soldier's life and views. END OF AN ERA is a valuable archive of sociological and anthropological information about a bygone era. Wise affectionately recounts the cultural and economic diversity of his social landscape. He describes many of the small towns, villages, and territories of early Virginia, recalling the demographic, economic, religious, and political aspects that made them notable. In the book's detailed prose, the various strands that made up the fabric of antebellum Southern culture are captured beautifully. He also describes the privations and horrors of war, and the failings of Southern leaders, with unflinching honesty. He does not glorify the Southern army or its government, nor does he try to justify his occasionally ungentlemanly conduct and speech. The full range of his emotions is exhibited in this memoir, reactions he had to the complex changes that occurred within his own circle, as well as in larger Southern society.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date May 20, 2005
Publisher Anza Publishing
ISBN 1932490124 ISBN13 9781932490121
Availability 125 units. Availability accurate as of May 24, 2017 02:10.
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Great First Person Account May 14, 2008
Very fascinating book that kept my attention from start to finish. John Sergent Wise was born at the perfect time and the son of a future Gov. of Virgina and then Confederate General to see first hand so many amazing events of the time.
He was a VMI cadet who fought at New Market. He met and knew such men as President Jefferson Davis, Gen.Jubal Early,Gen. William Mahone, as well as Robert E. Lee and he gives a lot of detail in his relationships with these great men.
He gives his account of the sentiments and feelings of the people and places during these turbulent times during the Southern war for independence.
Great book and the best I've read since I read Edward Porter Alexanders Fighting For The Confederacy. Highly recommend!
The End of an Era Nov 2, 2005
My Great Grandfather John S. Wise died well before I was born. He lives on for me in his autobiographical book The End of an Era. His sense of humor, his foibles come through in his fantastic description and attention to details of the era.
He was son of a Confederate War General and nephew to a famous Union War General.
He chronicles his life from his birth in Brazil when his father was ambassador from the U.S., to his upbringing on the Eastern shore of Virginia (describing his father's election process), then on to living in Richmond when his father was governor. His tells of how he tried to get in on the action when John Brown stormed the armory at Harpers Ferry, (Opening scene of the book Cold Mountain when the governor is told of the invasion) through his schooling, entering V.M.I., leaving to fight in the war and to the surrender at Appomattox.
I was named after his wife Eva Douglas.
First published in 1899, this book has just as much appeal as the many editions published then.