"In his foreword to this book Col. J.E.B. Stuart IV, U.S. Army (Ret.) states that “Remembering Virginia’s Confederates" serves as a photographic portrait that showcases the Confederate service of a wide array of Virginia residents throughout the war.”
Sean M. Heuvel has done an admirable job in accomplishing that goal.
At first blush the book appears to be just a combination of photographs, cartoons and drawings pulled together to create a book. It is much more than that. It is a rare slice of Virginia’s rich history that helps readers personalize the Civil War.
The seven chapters present various groups of prominent, and not so prominent, Virginians who sided with the Confederacy. As one would expect, the Commonwealth’s politicians and major military leaders are included. However, Heuvel also provides others who are not well-known, but nonetheless gave wholly of themselves to their cause.
This easy-to-read book is comprised of pictures. Each one is accompanied by the author’s synopsis of who, or what, it shows. That text is what makes this book a worthwhile addition to any library.
In addition to the individual’s war experience, readers learn of the person’s prewar and postwar (if any) activities. By doing so Heuvel personalizes the people and allows readers to better understand the Virginians from that era. As an added bonus, each book comes with a packet of postcards featuring some of these photographs."
Reviewer: Jay Jorgensen
Jay Jorgensen has written several books about Gettysburg, including Gettysburg’s Bloody Wheatfield. He is a Superior Court Judge in New Jersey.