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The Christian Generals - Volume 3
Brigadier-General Richard Montgomery Gano
FROM THE BACK COVER
“The life and ministry of Brigadier General Richard Montgomery Gano was a powerful example of bravery, compassion, and devotion to God. His military and ministerial exploits will not only give readers valuable insight into the War Between the States, but will also reveal the General’s true source of greatness - his Christian faith.”
Dr. Lawrence L. Anderson
“During the War, Trans-Mississippi Commander Kirby Smith considered General Gano to be one of the most brilliant and effective Generals in his command. After the war, Gano was a powerful and effective preacher who personally baptized nearly 5,000 converts. This volume is must-reading for anyone seeking inspiration for greater service to God or Country.”
Dr. Tim Stowe
Pastor and Archivist
My friend Dr. Edward DeVries has provided a true service to our country, and the world, by remembering the forgotten story of preacher, general, entrepreneur, husband, and father Richard Gano. This Kentucky-born Texas settler’s wartime resume reads like a roll call of Western Theater campaigns . . . Morgan’s Expeditions . . . Gallatin . . . Perryville . . . Lexington . . . Chickamauga . . . Second Cabin Creek. He commanded troops in over seventy fights, losing more horses (five) than battles (four), and suffering at least two serious wounds.
Yet, like so many other Confederate leaders, Gano’s greatest contributions to his people came after the War of 1861-65, when he set about rebuilding his beloved Texas and country, remembering with reverence the sacrifices and deeds of the past, but realizing that the stakes for his children and theirs rode on the future. Like another devout Southern general, Stonewall Jackson, Gano believed that no one should be more confident and more hopeful about the future - not only in the next life, but in this one - than the Christian.
These men could scarcely have based such belief on what their eyes beheld around them, since their beloved Southland was torn apart by the war, injured further by a harsh and authoritarian “Reconstruction,” and deprived of fully one-quarter of its white male population between the ages of 16 and 60.
Indeed, Richard Gano plunged as boldly into leading his people in peace after the war as he did during it.
This very special book has much to say to many people. For the Texan, of course, it resurrects the life and legacy of one of our greatest heroes, and causes us to wonder how we ever forgot him.
For the Oklahoman, it reveals that the War for Southern Independence raged as bitterly in the old Indian Territory as it did anywhere else, was fought as bravely (mostly by those defending their land and homes against the brutal Federal invasion and occupation), and that General Gano led the Confederates to their greatest victory of the war in that ravaged theater of operations.
For the American Indian, it shows the electrifying feats of which his or her ancestors were capable, such as when Gano’s colleague in command, Cherokee General Stand Watie, and his Oklahoma Indian horse soldiers rode to thundering victory alongside the soft-spoken Baptist preacher in the middle of the night at Cabin Creek.
For other Southerners and Americans, and all liberty-loving peoples everywhere, it demonstrates that a man of God does not go looking for trouble, even if he knows it is afoot, but he will defend to the death those whom the Lord has placed in his charge.
For the young single woman, Richard Gano is a reminder to wait on God’s best, that He is in the business of raising up devout, pure, and faithful Christian men, in every generation, even when fools and blackguards surround them on every side.
For the young man (and those of us not-so-young), Gano, like no small number of other Confederate heroes, leaves a standard of immovable loyalty to our Saviour, albeit nurtured in graceful humility, which helps us remember - and gives us hope - that an honorable and chaste earthly pilgrimage is indeed possible for us.
Perhaps no one has better fulfilled the benediction left by one of the grand histories of old Israel for its own heroes than has our hero, Brigadier General Richard Montgomery Gano:
All these were honoured in their generations and were the glory of their times. There be of them that have left a name behind them that their praises might be reported. And some there be which have no memorial who are perished as though they had never been and are become as though they had never been born and their children after them. But these were merciful men whose righteousness hath not been forgotten. With their seed shall continually remain a good inheritance and their children are within the covenant. Their seed standeth fast and their children for their sakes. Their seed shall remain forever and their glory shall not be blotted out. Their bodies are buried in peace but their name liveth for evermore.
Dr. John Dwyer
Professor of History
Southern Nazarene University
When you look up the name of Confederate General Richard Montgomery Gano in The Open Encyclopedia it simply states that, “Richard Montgomery Gano was a physician, Protestant minister, and brigadier general.”1
Certainly, the most beloved of the Confederacy’s General Officers2 should be remembered in greater detail.
While many of the men who served under General Gano wrote tender remembrances of their association with him either as their military commander, surgeon, or chaplain; General Gano was one of the few generals that did not have a biography written about his life. And while General Gano maintained a very lengthy and detailed personal journal during the last 42 years of his life he never wrote an auto-biography. To this author’s knowledge he is writing the very first book-length biography of General Gano, a man who devoted the greater portion of his life to the service of his God, his country, and his fellow-men both in war and in peace.
It is the author’s prayer that this book will not only preserve a record of the life and minsitry of a great minister and military leader but that it will be a blessing and encouragment to all who read it.
Edward R. DeVries
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part One - The Life and Ministry of Confederate
General Richard Montgomery Gano:
Chapter One: A Godly Heritage
Chapter Two: His Early Life
Chapter Three: Young Adulthood
Chapter Four: The Soldier
Chapter Five: The Chaplain and the Physician
Chapter Six: The Ministry
Chapter Seven: His Personal Journal Entries
Chapter Eight: The Latter Years
Part Two – The Legacy of Confederate General
Richard Montgomery Gano: