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Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson

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Winner of the 2005 Douglas Southall Freeman History Award.

Referring to colorful and descriptive accounts of Ed Johnson by Civil War soldiers, modern historians have written that he was "a curious, uncouth and strangely fascinating man" (Douglass Southall Freeman), that he "boasted a strong personality and loud voice that commanded attention where physical good looks did not" (Bud Robertson), and that he was "a character in an army that had more that its full share of eccentric general officers" (Harry Pfanz).  But is history's assessment of this soldier, whom his men tagged with a dozen colorful sobriquets, accurate and fair?