Reminiscences of the Civil War
Reminiscences of the Civil War is a book published in 1903 by Charles Scribner's Sons of New York, written by former Confederate Lieutenant General John B. Gordon, and is presented mainly as a personal memoir of his service during the American Civil War.
The book is written from a chronological perspective, beginning with the raising of a regiment in Georgia (the "Raccoon Roughs"), through to his involvement in some of the largest battles fought during the war, ending with the surrender at Appomattox and a perspective of the victors and vanquished. Several times he devotes himself to presenting events to which he was not a party to, as if his book is a mix of general history and autobiography. Still, a major work of its time, Reminiscences secured for Gordon additional fame throughout the country in much the same way as Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs did 18 years before; that he finished and published it just a few months before his death only heightened the comparisons.