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Mr. Darrell L. Collins

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Virginia Military Institute
319 Letcher Avenue
Lexington, Virginia 24450
United States

Company Description: U.S. News and World Report ranked VMI as the top public national liberal arts college for 2002. Located in Lexington, Va., VMI is the nation's oldest...   more
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written by Darrell L ...
www.americancivilwar.com, 7 July 2008 [cached]
written by Darrell L Collins
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Based upon exhaustive new research, Darrell Collins's new biography breathes life into a heretofore largely overlooked Southern soldier. Although Rodes' widow consigned his personal papers to the flames after the war, Collins has uncovered a substantial amount of firsthand information to complete this compelling portrait of one of Robert E. Lee's most dependable field generals.
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Darrell L. Collins is the author of several books on the Civil War, including General William Averell's Salem Raid: Breaking the Knoxville Supply Line (1999) and Jackson's Valley Campaign: The Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic (The Virginia Civil War Battles and Leaders Series, 1993).
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A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Darrell and his wife Judith recently relocated to Conifer, Colorado.
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Author Darrel Collins has written a stellar biography; one of those works I found difficult to put down once I began reading. Relying upon a wide-range of primary source materials, Collins has presented a fair and entirely objective portrait of this fine military commander. We learn of Rodes's childhood in Lynchburg, Virginia, his studies as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and his difficult path in establishing a career as civil engineer, working on the railroads. Three-quarters of the book, naturally, focuses on Rodes's experiences in the Civil War, from the opening shots at Bull Run until his death at the age of thirty-five at Winchester in September 1864.
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I agree whole-heartedly with the earlier three fine reviews by Durney, Brunelle and Jordan that this work by Collins is an excellent biography.
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"If he could," author Darrell Collins writes, "Rodes might object to being the subject of a biography.
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Collins takes us on a truly captivating journey, beginning with Rodes' days at the Virginia Military Institute and leading us to that fateful afternoon in September 1864 at Third Winchester.
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Collins has done his homework and then some, scouring the letters and diaries of Rodes' men and associates in some twelve states and the District of Columbia. His work is based largely on these unpublished primary sources, which are then supplemented by a survey of the pertinent secondary literature where necessary.
Cartographer Timothy Reese has augmented the text with a number of illuminating battle and troop position maps.
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Mr. Collins sets out to produce a complete biography of one of the best general's in the Army of Northern Virginia. A story of a man well-respected by his superiors, his peers and those who served under him. Collins notes the difficulty in getting some primary accounts about Rodes, the task made even harder because Rodes' wife destroyed their personal letters.
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As to the military aspects and judgments concerning Rodes, Collins shows fine skill as well as his own good judgment. He doesn't hold punches where Rodes perhaps doesn't perform up to what would have been expected of him. His handling of his troops at Gettysburg for example comes under close scrutiny. Collins questions some of Rodes decisions and non-decisions, while at the same time offering up the potential mitigating issues surrounding Rodes' health.
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Collins' even-handed evaluation of Rodes seems very fair throughout the book - his praise for Rodes at Seven Pines, South Mountain, the Bloody Lane, or the counterattacks at the Mule Shoe are offset with questions about actions at Gettysburg and other battles where Rodes was less than perfect.
Written by Darrell ...
www.bookstealer.com [cached]
Written by Darrell Collins.
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Mr. Collins does a good job of analyzing General Rodes' decisions and points out his flaws during the 3 days of the Gettysburg battle.
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Mr. Collins also does a good job of analyzing exactly what happened at the Spotsylvania "Mule Shoe" salient.
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Mr. Collins does an excellent job of covering and answering some of the lingering questions of that great war.
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Fortunately, Darrel Collins brings General Rodes back into the well deserved spotlight of Civil War history. He was a great General who deserves his place in Civil War lore. Overall a terrific biographical examination of one of the South's great generals. Well done Mr. Collins.
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Author Darrel Collins has written a stellar biography; one of those works I found difficult to put down once I began reading. Relying upon a wide-range of primary source materials, Collins has presented a fair and entirely objective portrait of this fine military commander. We learn of Rodes's childhood in Lynchburg, Virginia, his studies as a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and his difficult path in establishing a career as civil engineer, working on the railroads. Three-quarters of the book, naturally, focuses on Rodes's experiences in the Civil War, from the opening shots at Bull Run until his death at the age of thirty-five at Winchester in September 1864.
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I agree whole-heartedly with the earlier three fine reviews by Durney, Brunelle and Jordan that this work by Collins is an excellent biography.
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"If he could," author Darrell Collins writes, "Rodes might object to being the subject of a biography.
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Collins takes us on a truly captivating journey, beginning with Rodes' days at the Virginia Military Institute and leading us to that fateful afternoon in September 1864 at Third Winchester.
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Collins has done his homework and then some, scouring the letters and diaries of Rodes' men and associates in some twelve states and the District of Columbia. His work is based largely on these unpublished primary sources, which are then supplemented by a survey of the pertinent secondary literature where necessary.
Cartographer Timothy Reese has augmented the text with a number of illuminating battle and troop position maps.
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Mr. Collins sets out to produce a complete biography of one of the best general's in the Army of Northern Virginia. A story of a man well-respected by his superiors, his peers and those who served under him. Collins notes the difficulty in getting some primary accounts about Rodes, the task made even harder because Rodes' wife destroyed their personal letters.
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As to the military aspects and judgments concerning Rodes, Collins shows fine skill as well as his own good judgment. He doesn't hold punches where Rodes perhaps doesn't perform up to what would have been expected of him. His handling of his troops at Gettysburg for example comes under close scrutiny. Collins questions some of Rodes decisions and non-decisions, while at the same time offering up the potential mitigating issues surrounding Rodes' health.
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Collins' even-handed evaluation of Rodes seems very fair throughout the book - his praise for Rodes at Seven Pines, South Mountain, the Bloody Lane, or the counterattacks at the Mule Shoe are offset with questions about actions at Gettysburg and other battles where Rodes was less than perfect.
By Darrell L. ...
www.civilwarnews.com, 9 Feb 2001 [cached]
By Darrell L. Collins
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There have been earlier studies of him, but none equal this new work by Darrell L. Collins.
The author has utilized an impressive number of period newspapers, unpublished manuscripts, government documents, and published memoirs and unit histories. Collins provides a full account of Rodes's upbringing, years at VMI as both a student and instructor, and his notable antebellum career as a railroad engineer.
Author Darrell L. Collins, ...
www.civilwarcourier.com, 24 Feb 2010 [cached]
Author Darrell L. Collins, even though he's a Northerner, uses extensive notes, letters and papers to show an outstanding story of a Southern hero, a fighting general who in a brief time becomes a soldier and dies leading his troops, a truly "fighting" general.
Collins was born in Michigan and now resides in Colorado. He has written several books on the Civil War. He seems to know his subject and uses various sources to blend facts into seamless narrative.
Collins uses extensive resources, from personal letters, papers and documents. The only information lacking is most of General Rodes own correspondence, which Rodes' widow to the flames after the war.
Collins ends the book with a picture of Robert E. Rodes IV, the general's great grandson, tying the present with the glorious but brief life of Gen.
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Collins seems to take from his sources, to create a realistic look of an historic person.
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Collins weaves the story from General Rodes' birth in Virginia, to his stay at VMI, to his rise as an outstanding railroad engineer, to his military career and his untimely death at the age of 35 in
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As for all the praise of the general in the book, Collins does show that Rodes has his faults.
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Overall the book has merit and Collins has created a very fine biography. This book is highly recommended for those who want to have insight into the brief life of a fighting general.
Title: Major General Robert E. Rodes of the Army of Northern Virginia
Author: Darrell L. Collins
Civil War Courier
www.civilwarcourier.com, 1 Feb 2010 [cached]
Author Darrell L. Collins, even though he's a Northerner, uses extensive notes, letters and papers to show an outstanding...
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