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A Biography

Darrell L. Collins

Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1932714-09-8
eBook: 978-1-61121-009-5
On Sale: June 2008

26 photos and illustrations, maps

Winner: Douglas Southall Freeman Award for 2009

Finalist: Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award for Biography (2009)



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Praise for Major General Robert E. Rodes of the Army of Northern Virginia

"A good book for anyone interested in operations in Virginia or command in the Civil War."

- A.A. Nofi,
New York Military Affairs Symposium Strategy Page

"This may not be the final word on Robert E. Rodes, but it is the best to date."

- Jeffry D. Wert,
Civil War News

"Darrell Collins’s meticulously researched and well-written biography of Robert Emmett Rodes ably fills a gap in our knowledge of the second-tier commanders in the Army of Northern Virginia. . . . [a] solid and nicely produced work that will stand the test of time."

- Edward J. Hagerty,
The Journal of Military History

"Savas Beatie, per their normal standards, have put this book together with the highest production values in the industry plus their discerning eye for only the best in Civil War scholarship focused on actual military affairs over social history. . . I highly recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in the Civil War, and especially those interested in Confederate leaders."

- Mike Walker,
North Florida News Daily

"For any serious student of the Civil War, and especially those interested in the vaunted Army of Northern Virginia, this book is a must. It is also a most welcome addition to Civil War historiography, for Collins was able to save Rodes from drifting further and further into the shadows of neglect."

- John Hoptak,
Park Ranger, Antietam National Battlefield

"Author Darrell Collins has produced a long overdue, carefully researched, and well written biography of one of the key figures of the fabled Army of Northern Virginia. There is much new here, especially during Rodes’ formative years. This is a first-rate study of one of Robert E. Lee’s best field generals."

- Lance J. Herdegen,
author of In The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg and Those Damned Black Hats! The Iron Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign (Fall 2008)

"Robert E. Rodes has always been one of my favorite Civil War generals, so I read this book with high expectations. I was not disappointed. Darrell Collins’ writing is crisp and engaging, and his research is deep and thorough. In other words, this author knows his subject exceptionally well. In Major General Robert E. Rodes of the Army of Northern Virginia we have the complete biography: A deep examination of Rodes’ young formative years, a thoughtful look at Rodes the husband, a detailed description of his activities in camp and on the march, and a compelling portrait of battlefield exploits. Indeed, I could almost smell the smoke and hear the voices. This is a strong addition to any Civil War library and I highly recommend it."

- Bradley M. Gottfried,
author of The Brigades of Gettysburg: The Union and Confederate Brigades at the Battle of Gettysburg (2002) and The Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas of the Gettysburg Campaign (2007)


Darrell L. Collins

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Darrell L. Collins is the author of several books on the Civil War... Read More...

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