Edge of the Sword: The Ordeal of Carpetbagger Marshall H. Twitchell in the Civil War and Reconstruction

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Ted Tunnell's superbly researched biography of Marshall H. Twitchell is a major addition to Reconstruction literature. New England native, Union soldier, Freedmen's Bureau agent, and Louisiana planter, Twitchell became the radical political boss of Red River Parish in the 1870s. He forged an economic alliance with entrepreneurial Jewish merchants and rose to power during the first upswing of the southern economy after the war. The Panic of 1873, however, undermined his regime and virtually overnight the New Englander quickly went from financial benefactor to scapegoat for northwest Louisiana's failed dreams of prosperity. His life-and-death struggle with the notorious White League has more gut-wrenching suspense than most novels. The first full-length study of Twitchell, Edge of the Sword is edifying, entertaining, and cutting-edge scholarship.

Author: Ted Tunnell
Publisher: LSU Press
Published: 10/01/2004
Pages: 344
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.25lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 1.10d
ISBN13: 9780807130230
ISBN10: 0807130230
BISAC Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography | General
- History | United States | Civil War Period (1850-1877)

About the Author
Ted Tunnell, a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University, is the editor of Carpetbagger from Vermont: The Autobiography of Marshall Harvey Twitchell and the author of Crucible of Reconstruction, War, Radicalism, and Race in Louisiana, 1862-1877.