Praise for Fighting for General Lee
"This new addition to the shelves of Civil War biographies is a welcome one"
- Blue & Gray Magazine
"Sheridan Barringer's text offers solid coverage of antebellum and Reconstruction politics in North Carolina and military operations in Virginia, making the book accessible to readers from a variety of backgrounds. . . . Fighting for General Lee offers a compelling exploration of an extraordinary man and the exceptional age in which he lived."
- The Civil War Monitor
"A treasure to the Civil War world. Any information anyone could have ever wanted about General Rufus Barringer can be found in these pages, and what is presented is excellent. Highly Recommended."
- Gettysburg Chronicle
"The author has based his narrative on in-depth research in manuscript collections, contemporary newspapers and published memoirs and reminiscences. It is likely to remain for a long time as the standard work on Rufus Barringer."
- Civil War News
"General Rufus Barringer was a major figure in Confederate military history and enjoyed a colorful postwar career, but this is the first full biography of the soldier and the man. The undeserved historical neglect has been ably redressed in this volume, which relies to a large extent on primary research sources. It will be of interest to all Civil War enthusiasts, especially fans of Confederate cavalry operations and personalities."
- Edward G. Longacre retired historian for the Department of Defense and author of numerous books, including Lee's Cavalrymen, Lincoln's Cavalrymen, and The Cavalry at Gettysburg
"Comrades described him as 'a most excellent officer' who displayed 'great skill and valor' in battle, and as 'one of the best organizers and disciplinarians in the service,' but until now, General Rufus Barringer escaped the attention of serious biographers. It fell to Sheridan 'Butch' Barringer, a cousin of the Tar Heel cavalryman, to pen this welcome and deeply researched biography. Fighting for General Lee ably fills a gap in the historiography of North Carolina's contribution to the war that will surely stand as the definitive word on General Barringer."
- Chris Hartley author of Stuart's Tarheels: James B. Gordon and His North Carolina Cavalry in the Civil War
"Although General Rufus Barringer was a capable and accomplished commander of cavalry, for a variety of reasons he remains one of the least well-known of the Confederate mounted leaders. The very capable Barringer was involved in battles large and small. Mix in the fact that he was Stonewall Jackson's brother-in-law of, and his story becomes even more interesting. The author, a relative of the general, spent many years documenting the general's life and service to produce this well-written and deeply researched biography of his ancestor. It is a must-read for any student of Confederate cavalry operations in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War."
- Eric J. Wittenberg historian and author of numerous books, including One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863, and Out Flew the Sabers: The Battle of Brandy Station, June 9, 1863
"Fighting for General Lee may be an obvious labor of love for Sheridan Barringer, but it is also a serious biography that ably captures the life of a Tar Heel cavalry general whose account has long been neglected. Rufus Barringer fought at the head of a regiment, was wounded at Brandy Station, and ended the war as a brigadier general in Rooney Lee's division. Captured by Custer's cavalry near Namozine Church on April 3, 1865, Barringer became the first Confederate general taken prisoner during the final campaign of the war in Virginia. Sent back to City Point near Petersburg, the general's chance meeting with Abraham Lincoln exemplifies the healing the president would show toward the North's former enemies."
- Chris Calkins author and historian, Petersburg, Virginia, and author of The Petersburg Campaign