I picked this one (sorry, couldn’t find a photo) up a couple days ago for $8, used. I was flipping through it, and randomly chose a Civil War entry just to see what it had to say. I settled on Ewell, Richard Stoddert – at Bull Run, he commanded a brigade in Beauregard’s Amy of the Potomac, and was stationed on the far right of the Confederate line near Union Mills. The entry was written by Ervin L. Jordan, Jr. of the University of Virginia. It included this curious bit:
“Old Bald Head” subsequently fought during the Wilderness to Petersburg Campaign, but poor health and his wife’s increasing Unionist sentiments culminated in his being relieved of field command in May 1864.”
I’ve read a bit on Ewell, but honestly don’t recall his wife (whom he famously introduced as “Mrs. Brown”, even after their marriage, her second) having expressed Unionist sentiments, or those sentiments having played a role in Ewell’s reassignment. The article cites a 1940 biography by Percy Hamlin, and one from 1991 by Samuel Martin. The book was published in 1999, and while Donald Pfanz’s standard on Ewell came out in 1998, these encyclopedia type books take years to put together, so maybe Mr. Jordan didn’t have access to that fine piece of scholarship (in which I could find no support for the Unionist claim). If anyone can expand on this aspect of Lizinka of which I was previously unaware, please enlighten me.