Blood Image – Turner Ashby in the Civil War and the Southern Mind


“Blood Image – Turner Ashby in the Civil War and the Southern Mind” by Paul Christopher

From the cover: With Blood Image, his compellingly original biography of Confederate cavalry leader Turner Ashby, Paul Anderson demonstrates that the symbol of a man can be just as important as the man himself. Renowned as a born leader, graceful horseman, and violent partisan warrior, Turner Ashby was one of the most famous fighting men of the Civil War. Rising to colonel of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Ashby fought brilliantly under Stonewall Jackson. A majestic and shaping force of a legend grew around him while he lived and fought, and his image was a catalytic, mesmerizing, and often contradictory combination of southern antebellum cultural ideals and wartime hopes and fears which inspired admirers in the Shenandoah Valley, but also shielded them from the savagery of a war that challenged the very ideals at the heart of their defense of home. 258 pages

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